Children and teenagers used to be the only people waiting to see orthodontists. Not anymore. Today, as the American Association of Orthodontists notes, “Adults are seeking orthodontic treatment in record numbers.”
Here are the five top reasons an increasing number of adults are seeking orthodontic treatment:
1. Increased Awareness About Oral Health
People have become increasingly health conscious. Those with crooked teeth and bad bites know that these conditions can adversely impact oral hygiene and increase the risk of serious dental and overall health problems. Health-conscious adults appreciate the non-cosmetic benefits of wearing orthodontic appliances.
2. Significant Advances in Orthodontic Technology
Advances in orthodontic treatment, such as the use of small metal or clear braces, have led to increased acceptance by image-conscious adults to undergo treatment. Advances in orthodontic technology have also shortened the time in orthodontic treatment while lengthening the period between appointments. All this makes treatment doable and manageable for most adult patients.
3. Growing Awareness About the Benefits of a Bright Smile
Many studies say that an aesthetically pleasing smile is a socioeconomic asset. Adults who are conscious of their smiles are consequently seeking to improve the appearance of their teeth, in a quest to reap the associated benefits.
4. People Want to Keep Their Teeth for Longer
We used to be concerned with tooth survival. Today, natural teeth are staying stronger longer. Orthodontics is the answer for people who want to have their pearly whites look as good and stay as strong as possible, for as long as possible.
5. Dental Insurance has made Treatment More Affordable
A significant number of the adults who are seeking orthodontic treatment have dental insurance that includes orthodontic benefits.
Most adults understand that having their teeth alignment corrected with orthodontic appliances yields a straighter, more beautiful smile. Many adults also know that orthodontic care plays an integral role in their long-term oral health. These facts lead to more adults seeking orthodontic treatment.