When people think of braces and orthodontia and the patients who utilize these treatments, they often picture children and teenagers with gaps in their teeth or misalignments of their jaw. However, what so few people realize is the number of adults who also require and undergo these treatments in order to improve the appearance, function, and health of their smile. In fact, many well-known celebrities, professionals, doctors, and orthodontists themselves regularly seek out these treatments in order to obtain a better, more beautiful smile. As a Top 1% Invisalign Provider in Manhattan, I’ve handled more adult orthodontic cases and completed more treatments using Invisalign than 99% of the providers in the world. If you were having heart surgery, would you want a surgeon who has only performed a small number of open heart surgeries, or would you want a practitioner completely seasoned in performing successful treatments? I’ll take the latter of the two. Orthodontic treatment for adults, while not open heart surgery, is fairly advanced and requires a skilled orthodontist with a track record of delivering beautiful smiles.
In the last few years alone, more and more adult professionals have sought out orthodontic treatments. Between 2010 and 2012, a mere two year period, the number of adult patients increased a whopping 14 percent with the greatest increase being seen among men. In males over 18, those whose sought orthodontic treatments grew 29 percent during the same two year interval. The consensus is more adults are finally taking the time to correct their smile. While those seeking dental treatments such as braces vary greatly as far as profession, demographic, and particular dental issues, what unites all of these individuals is their realization that a smile is an important aspect of both their physical appearance as well as their personality.
Healthy teeth and gums and a beautiful smile can attract individuals and leave a positive first impression on everyone from potential employers to colleagues to potential romantic partners. When it comes to being a celebrity, a business professional, or any other adult for that matter, confidence is important and can make an enormous difference in both self-esteem as well as career success. No one gets very far personally or in their profession by hiding their smile and steering clear of others. Orthodontic corrections can provide previously shy individuals with the boost they need to become actively involved in the world, in their jobs, and in the enjoyable activities around them.
Many current adult patients have either put off correcting their smile altogether or underwent treatment as a child. Unfortunately, among those who have received orthodontic treatment in the past, there are far too many who have, for one reason or another, experienced regression that has left them right where they started as far as tooth placement and alignment. With the increasingly available, affordable orthodontic treatment options and state-of-the-art methods that provide subtle, effective dental care, there is no reason for adults to delay treatment any longer and correct their smile today.
If you have any questions about adult orthodontics, why you should see an orthodontist, or how Invisalign could work for you as a busy professional, I encourage you to contact our office today.