Orthodontic Fact #8 Statistically speaking, over 1 million Americans over the age of 18 consult orthodontic clinics to help align their teeth.

Contrary to popular belief, braces are not just for kids. A sizable percentage of the adult population seek orthodontic care for their misaligned teeth. Having their teeth straightened is the first step toward achieving a healthier mouth and a youthful appearance for many over the age of eighteen. Some adults did not have the opportunity or the means to get braces as a child. With job-related medical insurance they can afford to have more attractive and functional teeth.

Why do adults get braces?

Some get orthodontic work done for aesthetic reasons. Procedures like Invisalign let busy adults with jobs or families improve their dental alignment with minimal visual notice from others. They can go about their daily schedules wearing wires on their teeth with little to no discomfort and inconvenience. When the procedure is over, they have beautiful, even teeth that enhance their physical appearance.

Other people see an orthodontist due to teeth that are uneven, broken, or missing. This can be a congenital defect in some cases, or it may be due to an injury or accident. Orthodontic procedures can fill gaps and spaces between teeth, helping patients to become more confident about their looks.

How do orthodontic procedures help parents with families?

Parents like to look their best for kids’ school activities and sports events. They want their children to feel proud of their appearance and to set an example for the children if they, too, eventually need to see an orthodontist.

Can anyone get Invisalign?

People of all ages love the opportunity of wearing comfortable, near-invisible wires to straighten their teeth and improve their smile. Students and professional people can address orthodontic issues almost without others knowing about it. Healthy teeth contribute to overall good physical health, too.

Contact an orthodontist for an examination to discuss your options for improving the appearance of your teeth.