More adults than ever wear braces

Are crooked or crowded teeth something you wish had been corrected when you were younger? Wish no longer. These days, orthodontics isn’t just for kids. Many adults recognize that braces can mean healthier mouths, greater self-esteem, and long-term gain. In fact, today adults make up 27% of orthodontic patients!

Crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth can make chewing difficult, and even painful if your jaw joint is stressed incorrectly. An awkward smile may chip away at your self-confidence. Straight teeth and aligned jaws are easier to brush and floss, lowering the incidence of cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss.

Orthodontics work by placing gentle pressure on the teeth to move them into proper alignment. The type and length of treatment varies according to your condition. Braces have come a long way from the clunky train tracks you may remember. Materials are more comfortable and less visible – even invisible for some treatments.

Your treatment plan may last between six months to three years, depending on the level of adjustment your teeth need. Because your mouth is one of the first things people notice about you, a strong beautiful smile can take years off your appearance and dramatically increase your self-esteem. Orthodontic treatment is a short-term investment that allows you to feel better about yourself and keep your teeth strong and healthy.