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Adults Are Doing This Way More Than They Used To!

Since 1996, the number of adults getting braces and orthodontic work has risen by 40 percent, proving braces aren't just for kids and teens anymore. Orthodontic treatment has always been an option for adults, but for years there has been a stigma around adults - particularly working professionals - with metal wires and brackets on their teeth. Now, it seems our culture has rightly decided that looking and feeling your best is more important than a few months of a mouth full of metal.

Let's explore the reasons why adults may not have gotten braces before and what's changed:

Reason 1: Parents couldn't afford orthodontic treatment in their youth.

Many families, especially in decades past, simply couldn't afford orthodontic treatment for one child, let alone multiple children. Today, most orthodontic treatments can be put on medical-based credit cards like Care Credit or be split into payments in-house, making it affordable for nearly anyone to get the orthodontic care they need.

Reason 2: They don't want to stick out as the only adult anyone knows with braces.

In the past, adult braces were very uncommon. Now, so many adults have chosen to get the orthodontic care they need to have the smile they always dreamed of that they no longer look out of place. In addition, treatment options like Invisalign or clear or tooth-colored brackets make it even easier to get orthodontic care discreetly.

Reason 3: They think it's too late to see results because their jaws are no longer growing and developing.

It is true that orthodontic treatment is easier during the years of jaw development and growth, but that doesn't mean adults can't see incredible changes in their smile by starting orthodontic treatment later in life. A highly trained professional like Dr. Buck knows exactly how to achieve results no matter how old you are.

For more information about adult orthodontics or to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Buck, call us today at Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics at 425-631-0715.

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