Expensive shoes and designer handbags used to be a sign of status and power, but an increasing number of adults are turning to a symbol most associated with children and teenagers – braces. According to the Financial Times, many adults who may have not been able to afford orthodontic work when they were younger have now ushered the in the era of "status teeth."

Dr. Preet Bhogal, a British orthodontist, told the publication that over past five years, he has seen a significant increase in the number of older patients who have come into his London office. 

"Advances in orthodontics mean there's a huge variety of different appliances available now," Bhogal told the source. "From traditional train tracks, to less visible retainers and sophisticated hidden options – so-called lingual braces, which are fixed to the teeth on the inside rather than the outside. They enable people to have great teeth in a record time with minimal discomfort and social stigma."

Bhogal did note, however, that treating adults is a bit more difficult than fitting braces for children. Due to the fact that the mouth is no longer actively growing, adult teeth do not move as quickly as some patients would like. In addition, most adults will have to deal with some pre-existing dental conditions before orthodontic treatment can begin. Nonetheless, most of his patients are more than satisfied with the final results. 

If you are interested in adult braces, don't hesitate to contact an orthodontist in New York City today. Dr. Tanya Vaysman and the experienced staff at Upper Eastside Orthodontists would be happy to answer any questions that you may have. 

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