Wearing braces as an adult
Times are changing – 1 in 5 patients receiving orthodontic treatment is now an adult and in the US the number of adults seeking braces increased by 37% between 1994 and 2004 according to the American Association of Orthodontists.
There was a time when braces for adults was seen with the label ‘metal mouth’, putting off a lot of patients who actually really do require treatment.
An incorrect bite can cause chronic headaches and crooked teeth make dental hygiene more difficult as they are harder to clean. In 2017, more adults are prepared to invest their time and money on removing these complications and the associated consequences from their lives.
There are now less conspicuous brace options available, which is a significant factor in the rise of adults seeking orthodontic treatment. The brace options of today can also tackle certain issues in less time than ever before, for example clear fixed braces can straighten your front teeth in as little as six months, an attractive prospect for working adults and self conscious professionals who may have client-facing roles. Short-term orthodontic treatments are a popular choice with people wishing to look their best for an upcoming special occasion such as a wedding.
The stigma surrounding braces has also changed – celebrities are (pardon the pun) embracing orthodontic treatment on the red carpet, with names such as Tom Cruise, Justin Bieber and Zara Larson contributing to the popularity of braces on a cosmetic level.
Removable brace options are minimally-invasive as they do not affect your diet and dental hygiene routine; Invisalign treatment involves wearing the clear plastic aligners for 22 hours a day, so you have a 2 hour window allowing you to remove them to clean them and to eat.
Practically invisible brace that sits on the tongue side of your teeth – arguably the most cosmetically non-invasive brace available – popular with client-facing professionals and those who wish their smile to look unchanged during the treatment period.
Clear fixed braces
A fixed option (the clue is in the name), this appliance combines translucent ceramic brackets and tooth-coloured wires in order to minimise visibility to others. They are custom made to suit your tooth structure and tooth colour.
If you would like more information about the treatments we offer here at Park Lane, please do not hesitate to contact us.