Overcoming the Stigma: Adult Orthodontics

More adults are choosing to pursue orthodontic treatment than ever before. According to a study with the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), adults undergoing orthodontic treatment rose by 14 percent between 2010 and 2012. And since that study, those number of adult orthodontics treatments has continued to increase.

Precision Orthodontics is proud to offer orthodontic services for adults. Between our Invisalign, ceramic braces, and lingual braces, adults can now choose a form of braces that is more cosmetically discreet, allowing for a less obvious means to healthy orthodontic alignment. Before calling our Scarsdale, NY office, read more about why more adults are defying the stigma by choosing braces.

Newer, More Discreet Orthodontic Treatment

Undoubtedly one of the biggest reasons that more adults are pursuing adult orthodontics is because of new technology that makes the treatment more discreet. The classic “metal mouth” look of traditional braces is enough to keep many adults from pursuing improved teeth alignment, especially considering that the average treatment time in braces is 2 years.

In the last decade or so, new braces technology has made it easier for adults to choose braces. Invisalign treatment, for example, utilizes clear plastic aligner trays that are hard to see. These trays are replaced every two weeks while your teeth slowly shift over time, and if they’re properly taken care of, your aligners will stay shiny, clear, and almost invisible to friends and family.

Ceramic braces offer similar cosmetic advantages. With brackets made from clear ceramic, the only thing that appears to an outsider is the archwire. That’s a serious improvement to the look of traditional metal brackets. There also are lingual braces, perhaps the most discreet of all, which operate similarly to traditional braces except that they’re glued on to the back of the teeth.

The Importance of Adult Orthodontics

The alignment of your teeth is a crucial factor to strong oral health. Misaligned teeth can create a number of problems for your teeth, gums, and even your jaw. For example, crooked teeth might create hard-to-reach areas that accrue plaque. Over time, that excessive plaque buildup can lead to cavities, tooth decay and even early stages of periodontal gum disease. Furthermore, as your teeth shift, they can affect the alignment of your jaw, possibly resulting in discomfort or TMJ disorder.

With the advent of these more discreet treatment options, adults no longer have to sacrifice healthy orthodontic alignment for the fear of 2 years with the appearance of traditional braces.

Ready for Adult Orthodontics?

If you’re interested in adult orthodontic treatment, you can call us at 914-725-2606 to schedule a consultation. You can also contact us here.

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