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Never Too Old for Braces

Thanks to social media and an ever-growing digital presence in the day-to-day lives of people around the world, appearance is arguably more relevant today than in any other period in history. Whether you’re looking for love or searching for your next career move, your profile picture on apps and websites will likely be seen long before you meet someone face to face.

For some, finances in childhood made achieving that dream smile impossible; others just didn’t see it as a priority. But times have certainly changed.

More Adults Are Getting Braces Than Ever Before 

If you’ve noticed more adults with braces than usual, you’re not just seeing things. Surveys conducted for the American Association of Orthodontists from 2012 to 2014 reported a 16 percent increase in the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment in the United States and Canada. They estimate that 27 percent of all orthodontic patients in the U.S. and Canada are now over the age of 18.

"When our adult patients finish their orthodontic treatments, their biggest complaint is why they waited so long to finally get the smile they wanted," said Dr. David Buck, DDS, of Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics in Lynnwood, Washington.

Stigmas Surrounding Self-Improvement Fading 

The survey by the AAO collected data post-orthodontic treatment as well, and found that 75 percent of those who sought braces as adults reported seeing an improvement in their personal relationships and careers that they believed to be a result of their new smiles.

Their perceptions are backed up by many studies that have shown a correlation between straight, healthy smiles and success in people’s personal and professional lives. One such study by Kelton Research found that people in the United States believe someone with straight teeth has a 45 percent greater chance of landing a job over someone who is similarly qualified but has crooked teeth.

More Options in Orthodontics Appeal to Adults

Traditional metal braces are still a popular option among adults for their affordability and their ability to treat complex problems more effectively. Ceramic braces can be clear or chosen to match the whiteness of the patient’s teeth in order to blend in and appear less noticeable. Braces can also be made of  porcelain and sometimes plastic. Even the wires can be made clear to make them less obvious.

"The biggest advancement in orthodontics for many adults was the creation of clear aligners," said Buck. "When this alternative to traditional braces hit the market, adults and teens alike discovered a truly discreet way to correct crooked teeth or gaps."

According to Buck, traditional braces are often the best choice for anyone who needs extensive work on their smiles, but clear aligners work great for smaller, simpler problems.

"Studies show that in today’s society, someone with straight, white teeth is perceived as younger, wealthier, healthier and even smarter," said Buck. "For many patients, this makes any treatment time worth the investment into their long-term happiness with their appearance."

 

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DR. BUCK'S PHILOSOPHY

Epigenetic Orthodontics can open and protect the airway enhancing breathing both during sleep and awake activities.

Dr. Buck practices a philosophy that integrates airway into all diagnosis and treatments. Dentistry has traditionally not considered the airway when planning dental treatments. Fortunately, today there is a rapidly growing movement that now recognizes how dentistry can have an impact on the airway which affects breathing during sleep. If dental treatments, including TMJ, orthopedic and orthodontics are well planned the result can be that the airway is protected or even enhanced. There is a clear link between underdeveloped and retruded jaws together with narrow dental arches that puts a patient at risk for sleep breathing disorders.

Please visit this site for more information; Airway Health

WOW! A 54% decrease in forward head posture; 164% increase in the antero-posterior size of the airway; 176% increase in the lateral size of the airway all from epigenetically centered jaw development orthopedics. This is the future of orthodontics!​
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