Great Smiles At Any Age
Your smile is one of the first characteristics noticed by others and it is never too late to create a beautiful and balanced smile. A smile with beautifully aligned teeth will definitely make a better first impression.
Over the past several years adult orthodontic therapy has increased in popularity. Oral health awareness, longer life expectancy and higher quality of life play into this trend. A study conducted in March, 2010 by Michigan’s Wayne State University, concluded that people with bigger smiles may actually live longer.
Adults want and expect to preserve their natural teeth and maintaining what we have has become more important than ever. According to the American Association of Orthodontics, from 1994 to 2004 there was a 37% increase in adult patients, and the percentage keeps increasing. Some famous adult orthodontic patients who improved their smiles include Tom Cruise, Kelly Brook, Diana Ross, Whoopi Goldburg, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Nicolas Cage, Venus Williams, Cher and the list goes on.
Tom Cruise got his braces when he was 40 years old and filming Minority Report. Check out his smile in Rain Man or The Firm and compare to post-braces Tom in Valkyrie or Tropical Thunder.
The biological process involved in tooth movement is the same in both adults and children. As long as the periodontium (supporting bone and gums) is healthy, teeth will respond to orthodontic treatment. With all the recent innovative advancements in orthodontics, wearing braces has never been easier.
The newer appliances greatly reduce discomfort, decrease the frequency of visits and shorten treatment time. Adults have many treatment options available now. Modern metal braces are smaller in size, less visible and more hygienic.
Aesthetic clear braces and lingual braces are another very popular option. Some patients may even be candidates for treatment with Invisalign.
So if you are an adult with orthodontic needs, don’t wait. To learn more, call an orthodontist experienced in all the newest innovative technology. Most orthodontists offer complimentary consultations.