Today, more than ever, adults are getting orthodontic treatments to correct and perfect their smiles. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, 1.2 million adults received orthodontic treatment in 2012 (the most recent statistics available), which is up by 40% from 1996. By comparison, about 4.65 million orthodontic procedures were performed for patients age 17 and younger in 2012, up 32% in the same period.
We've seen a similar growth rate here in the Staunton, Waynesboro and Fishersville areas. There are more discreet alternatives to braces, like Invisalign®, are helping to attract these adult orthodontics patients. Invisalign is custom-made clear aligners that sit firmly over the teeth. They are removable, so there are no limitations on what you can eat and drink (as opposed to braces, which have several limitations), and they are easy to clean. Best of all, they're virtually invisible. In addition to Invisalign, we also offer ceramic braces, these are tooth colored brackets which are less noticeable than traditional metal brackets/braces.
Many of our patients also prefer standard braces. They're more cost effective, and because many patients had them when they were younger (and failed to wear their retainers for preventative measures!), they're familiar with braces.
We'd love to hear from our adult patients! Feel free to comment and share your experiences with us.
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