Adult Orthodontics…Many people still maintain the belief that braces are for kids and teens. That is far from being factual. In a survey conducted by the AAO (American Association of Orthodontists), many orthodontic practices said that adults comprised up to 50% of their patients. That same study also found that 44% of those adult patients were men.
AAO also asked adults about their pretreatment concerns. Here are the three major concerns according to the survey:
1. “What will others think?”
2. “How will I look?”
3. “Am I too old?”
Seventy-one percent of the survey group of adults had such concerns but also said those concerns disappeared after treatment started.
Many patients for adult orthodontics are looking to be treated for oral problems they have been experiencing for years…some even since childhood. Many technological advances in adult orthodontics have made it possible to treat adult patients with malocclusion (misalignment) of teeth with outstanding results. In some instances, the doctors at Affiliated Orthodontics will recommend Invisalign or clear braces as a treatment option.
Although there are some important differences between treating children and teens and treating adult orthodontics, our doctors know what to look for when treating an adult patient. There are considerations that deal with age, bite problems and tooth extractions.
A separate study conducted on behalf of the AAO for National Orthodontic Health Month in October found that adults who had orthodontic treatment provided by an orthodontist reported that their treatment contributed to significant improvements in both their professional and personal lives. Seventy-five percent of adults surveyed reported improvements in career or personal relationships, which they attributed to their improved post-orthodontic smile. Citing their newfound self-confidence, 92% of survey respondents said they would recommend orthodontic treatment to other adults.
The bottom line is that more and more people are starting adult orthodontics. Please feel free to contact our Peoria AZ office with any questions or to schedule an initial complimentary consultation. Get that gorgeous smile you have always wanted…now is the time.