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Why There Has Been a Massive Increase in Adults Braces

With so many different options for braces, we have found ourselves at the height of braces’ popularity. Although children and teenagers are typically the ones wearing braces, there has been a massive increase in the amount of braces worn by adults. There are currently more than 1.5 million adults wearing braces, according to a 2014 survey.

But why has there been this large increase in adult braces? We think you can simply look back at the first sentence of this blog post. Options. That explains the increase. Adults are typically hesitant to make a substantial change to their facial features. Placing metal tangs on their teeth isn’t usually something they wish to do.

Now that teeth straightening is no longer constricted to the traditional metal braces, the proverbial floodgates for teeth alignment can grown. There are clear braces, which are made in the same shape as traditional metal braces, but in the color of teeth so that they tend to match and are less noticeable. These clear braces are made of ceramic material, which look very close to the shade of teeth.

Quite possibly the main reason why there has been such an increase in adult braces is due to the plastic aligners called Invisalign. These plastic aligners have really changed the orthodontics industry.

These braces enable a person to have their teeth straightened without having their look drastically changed. These braces are plastic trays that are placed on the teeth and create a constraint on the teeth to make them straight. These trays are replaced every two weeks with adjusted trays that continue to move the teeth and straighten them. Most people can wear these braces without people even realizing it. That is how clear and unassuming they are.

Another positive about these plastic braces is that they don’t have to be worn 24 hours per day. They can be removed daily for up to two hours. The reason for removing them should be for teeth maintenance and eating.

If you are interested in receiving braces, even if you’re an adult, our Signature Smiles Houston dental office can help. Our orthodontist will conduct a thorough evaluation of your teeth to ensure you receive the right type of braces. Schedule your appointment today and receive the beautiful and healthy smile you’ve always wanted.

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