According to the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment has increased 60 percent over the past decade. This is no surprise, as a survey conducted by the organization found that 92 percent of adults with braces said that they would recommend treatment to their peers.
An article in the Columbus Dispatch, a local Ohio newspaper, recently highlighted the growing trend of adults making the decision to improve their smiles with professional intervention.
"There are many, many adults young and old who didn't have the opportunity to have [orthodontic] issues corrected when they were younger," said Dr. Victor Cook, a Columbus orthodontist, to the source. "Adult braces are more accepted now. Look around and it's not hard to find an adult with braces or invisible liners."
Dr. Cook added that some of his adult patients had braces as children, but didn't wear their retainers as instructed by their orthodontists. The majority of Dr. Cook's patients, however, have never had orthodontic treatment but have always been self-conscious about their teeth. They are often afraid to smile and cover their mouths when they do.
In the same article, one of Dr. Cook's patients, 32-year-old Brandi Braun, said that setting up a consultation with an orthodontist was one of the best decisions that she ever made. After wearing braces for eight months, she had a built-in retainer installed behind her teeth. Once a "mouth coverer" herself, Braun said that she now shows off her newly straightened teeth every chance she can get.
If you're finally ready to have the smile you've always wanted, don't hesitate to contact a New York City orthodontist today.