Looking and feeling your best is important to the average professional adult, and your smile plays a key role. And while there are many benefits why adults seek treatment, a recent study published by the American Association of Orthodontists suggests adults seek orthodontic treatment to improve their professional and personal lives.
Whether you’re with your co-workers in the office or surround by your neighbors, your confidence will (or will not) show. If your smile isn’t up to par, then it could negatively affect your self-esteem. From 1994 to 2010, the number of adults seeking treatment has grown almost 58 percent, according to the AAO study. From the adults surveyed, 75 percent reported increased professional and personal relationships because of their improved smiles. And 92 percent of those same adults said they would recommend treatment to other adults.
The benefits to orthodontic treatment aren’t just superficial. Straight teeth are easier to clean. That means fewer areas for food particles to collect and promote plaque buildup. So if you’re doing your part in terms of your daily oral hygiene routine, you likely can expect less decay and healthier gums. Braces can also help correct some serious issues, like bite problems that can cause jaw pain and premature wear on your teeth. In some cases, braces are needed to change the position of neighboring teeth for a new bridge, crown or implant.
If you think braces might be an option for you, there are multiple types from which you can choose. For adults, it tends to be all about aesthetics. We understand you probably don’t want to flash a “metal mouth” smile, especially in a professional setting. Clear or ceramic braces are less visible on your teeth.
Invisalign is a great option for people who don’t like the look of traditional braces, and is a popular option for adults seeking orthodontic treatment. This is the treatment our adult patients tend to ask for by name when scheduling their first appointment.
Invisalign uses a series of removable, comfortable aligner trays to straighten teeth. These aligners are nearly invisible, so individuals who lead a busy life can wear them during the day without feeling self-conscious. Invisalign recently improved its aligner material, and the aligners are able to treat a wider range of issues including open bites, deep bites and over bites.
All things considered, it’s all about aesthetics, although oral health is just as important. A perfectly aligned, beautiful smile can boost a person’s confidence astronomically…especially in the professional world. The more self-esteem you have, the more confident you will become. And you don’t have to choose an option alone. Our office can help determine which option is best for you and your lifestyle.