Adults considering orthodontic treatment are often concerned about how they will be perceived by others. "Will my clients take me seriously?" and "Will I look like a teenager?" are common questions that potential patients ask their orthodontists. Before starting his orthodontic treatment, Dr.Steven Couch was one of those concerned individuals.
Just in his early 30s, Dr. Couch is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis and one of the youngest professionals in his field. Despite his success, he has always been a bit self-conscious about his smile. He started treatment in April 2013 and recommends that other working professionals consider adult braces.
In an interview with the American Association of Orthodontists' (AAO) My Life My Smile website, Dr. Couch noted that orthodontic treatment changed not only his teeth, but his lifestyle as well.
"I used to chew a lot of gum and eat sticky foods," Dr. Couch told the website. "Now I choose healthier alternatives."
Braces not only improve tooth alignment, but a person's overall health as well. When teeth cannot be cleaned properly, this can result in infections. As a physician, Dr. Couch knows first hand how all aspects of the health profession are related.
According to the AAO, more than 1.2 million American adults are currently undergoing orthodontic treatment. In the two-year period between 2010 and 2012, the number of working professionals choosing to improve their smiles increased 14 percent. One reason for this jump is the growing number of treatment options that make braces barely noticeable