The terms “metal mouth,” “brace face” and “tin grin” may come to mind when thinking about orthodontic treatment. The abundance of metal that was used in the past to straighten teeth discouraged many adults from considering orthodontic treatment. But innovative options like Invisalign, clear braces and lingual braces have made it possible for adults to achieve a confident smile without flashing a grill of metal. Better still, advances in orthodontics have resulted in increased comfort and reduced treatment times.
Adults across the country are visiting orthodontists in ever-increasing numbers. While some are seeking an opportunity to straighten their teeth for the first time, many others had braces in the past and are looking to correct crooked teeth that have moved since childhood. Today, more than 25 percent of orthodontic patients in the United States are adults—a significant increase from only a decade ago. At Miami Orthodontic Specialists, the proportion of adult patients is closer to 50 percent.
Adults are driven to pursue orthodontic treatment for a number of reasons. A recent study conducted by the American Association of Orthodontists showed 75 percent of adults believed that their post-orthodontic smile improved their careers and/or personal relationships. Many people seek orthodontic treatment for health reasons. Straight teeth, after all, are easier to keep clean than crowded and overlapping teeth—decreasing the chances of developing gum disease, bad breath and potential tooth loss.
The benefits of a straight smile—coupled with the esthetic treatment options now available—make orthodontic treatment a great option for adult patients. It’s never too late for a healthy, beautiful smile!
Miami native Carmen Garcia-Paul, DDS, MS, is a board-certified orthodontist who is dedicated to delivering the highest standard of care.
Miami Orthodontic Specialists is located at 8525 SW 92 Street, Suite B-9. To learn more about transforming your smile, call 305-407-9000 or visit www.miamibraces.com.