We often associate orthodontic treatment with children and teenagers, but a growing number of adults are choosing to improve their smiles with braces. According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), there are more than 1.2 million adults currently under the care of an orthodontist. To recognize some of the adults who have improved their skills, the organization recently announced the creation of its Hall of Fame.
One the inductees, Dr. Dorienne Taylor-Bishop, is a Maryland-based general dentist who has taken an interesting journey in the quest to improve her smile. While she was still a dental student, Dr. Taylor-Bishop began orthodontic treatment at the suggestion of one of her professors. She opted to have the braces removed early however, so they wouldn't be visible in her wedding pictures.
Now, at age 48 and with more than two decades of professional experience, Dr. Taylor-Bishop decided to finish the treatment that she has encouraged thousands of her patients to pursue.
"It was an easy decision to make," Dr. Taylor-Bishop told the AAO's My Life My Smile website. "I knew I wanted a healthy, beautiful smile and I really had no trepidation about getting treatment as an adult. I know my results will be excellent."
The dentist is currently working with one of the orthodontists who she often refers her patients to. In her interview, she also advised adults considering orthodontic treatment to keep in mind all of the health benefits that result in improving one's smile.
Are you an adult who has always wanted a better smile? There's no reason why you shouldn't pursue this goal. Contact an orthodontist in New York City today to schedule a consultation.