Treatment with orthodontic braces is often associated with children and teenagers, but an increasing number of adults are getting their teeth corrected. According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), the number of adults with braces increased 14 percent between 2010 and 2012 to a record high of over 1.2 million patients.
Many of these working professionals are inspired to seek treatment because of their own children. In an interview with New Jersey Online, Frank Mott, a 54-year-old father, said that getting adult braces was a great decision.
"I put my daughter through braces so that she could have nice teeth, so it seemed hypocritical of me not to correct my own teeth at some point," Mott told the source. "Having a better smile will give me a lot of self-satisfaction and I feel great for having done it."
Adults who are considering orthodontic treatment have more options available to them than just the traditional metal braces that they remember from their childhood. Here are a few choices:
- Clear braces – Patients have the option of getting ceramic brackets instead of the metal variety. They are the same color as tooth enamel and are a less-expensive option for less-visible braces.
- Invisible aligners – Products like Invisalign trays are changed out every two weeks and move teeth gently into a pre-determined position.
- Lingual braces – These are similar to traditional metal braces, but they are placed behind the teeth. Some patients find lingual braces harder to get used to, but they are by far the most non-visible option.