Why do adults choose to get braces?
The number of adults with braces has risen by 40 percent in the last 10 years, according to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).
In a 2014 study, the most recent figures available, the AAO reported that more than 1.4 million patients were adults.
Many celebrities, like Faith Hill and Tom Cruise, had braces as adults. You probably never even noticed.
# 1 Better Health
Believe it or not, about half of all Dr. McCarthy’s adult patients were referred to her by their dentists.
Teeth move and change over time due to wear and tear from biting and chewing. Gradual bone loss in the jaw can push teeth inwards, crowding them and sometimes affecting the way you speak.
Crooked teeth are associated with increased gum and bone loss, tooth decay, tooth enamel erosion, and headaches.
Crooked Teeth Can Affect Your Overall Health
Crooked teeth are harder to clean. This often results in plaque build-up, more bacteria in your mouth and inflammation of the gums.
These dental health problems can lead to serious problems with your immune system and cardiovascular health.
Adults with deep bites — where the top teeth completely cover the lower teeth when the jaw is closed — almost always have problems with the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connecting the jawbone to the skull because the uneven bite pushes the lower jaw back.
While most TMJ problems are mild, over time, the pain from TMJ can become unbearable.
#2 Self Esteem
How many times have you been introduced to a new person immediately stifled your smile for fear they might judge you because of your crooked teeth?
How many times have you covered your mouth when something made you laugh?
How many times have you looked at photos of yourself on social media and realized you looked like you were unhappy because you weren’t smiling?
That’s no way to go through life.
The unfortunate reality is that our smile does have a genuine impact on how other people perceive us.
- Your Smile Really Is Your 1st Impression: Nearly one-third (29%) of Americans say the first thing they typically notice about a new person is their teeth, and 24% say this is also the facial aspect that they remember the most later.
- Straight Teeth = Success: Americans perceive people with straight teeth to be 45% more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a job. They are also seen as 58% more likely to be successful and 58% more likely to be wealthy.
- Date-ability: Those with straight teeth are seen as 57% more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a date based on their picture alone. Nearly two in five (38%) Americans would consider not going on a second date with someone who has misaligned teeth.
- Happy, Smart & Healthy: Those with straight teeth are 21% more likely to be seen as happy, 47% more likely to be healthy and 38% more likely to be perceived as intelligent.
- Trustworthy: Nearly three in four (73%) Americans would be more likely to trust someone with a lovely smile than someone with a good job, outfit, or car.
The good news, with braces, you can have a beautiful smile and change forever the way you greet the world and how the world greets you.
Braces have changed a lot since you were a kid. They are less noticeable, more comfortable and easier to care for. Our adult patients tell us the months they had with braces flew by and that getting braces was one of the best decisions of their lives.
If you’re tired of being held back from the life you could have just because of your smile, Dr. McCarthy is ready to help.
Your transformation into a more confident radiant you is just a phone call away.