Have you ever seen an adult with braces? A couple decades ago, most people would have answered no. Now, adults are seeking orthodontic treatment at record rates. In fact, one out of every five orthodontic patients in the U.S. is over the age of 18.
Why is it that so many adults are seeking orthodontic treatment now? It is due to numerous factors, from better health coverage to increased visibility due to social media presence. However, a major reason adults are more comfortable getting treated is that there are options that are less visible than traditional metal braces.
In fact, you might still answer no to the question: Have you ever seen an adult with braces? This is not because you have never met one; it is because adult patients tend to use treatment options that are less visible, or even invisible to those around them.
While orthodontic treatment is possible for adults and highly beneficial, it can be more complicated. This is because we are more likely to have unhealthy teeth and gums as we get older, and this can have an impact on the quality and viability of treatment. Additionally, since the jaw is done growing, we cannot harness bone growth to improve treatment. With that said, in the majority of cases, treatment is possible and will deliver wonderful results.