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Orthodontics for adults is a trend you’ve probably noticed in recent years. In fact, one in five orthodontic patients today is over the age of 21. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that more than 1.2 million adults in the U.S. received orthodontic treatment in 2012, the most recent numbers available from the American Association of Orthodontists.1

Even Hollywood A-listers have been spotted with adult orthodontia. Gwen Stefani paired hers with pink hair at age 30 and called it a gift to herself. (The braces, not the hair.) Adult braces didn’t hurt actor Tom Cruise’s career a bit at age 40. At age 45, country music singer Faith Hill gave orthodontics for adults the red carpet treatment by sporting them at the Grammy Awards. Singer Film star Faye Dunaway even had them at age 61. So if looks or image is a concern, be encouraged. Also, it helps that a number of options available today, such as tooth-colored braces, braces that go behind the teeth, and clear aligners, are less noticeable than traditional metal braces. 2

Beyond appearance, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) reports that leaving misaligned teeth untreated may lead to other dental problems such as tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, abnormal wear of tooth enamel and difficulty in chewing. The AAO reports braces for adults can also help with:

  • Improved self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
  • Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or are recessed
  • Speech difficulty
  • Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
  • Facial imbalance or asymmetry
  • Grinding or clenching of teeth
  • Inability to comfortably close lips

Smile Generation-trusted orthodontists are dental specialists who receive an additional two to three years of education beyond dental school in order to learn the proper alignment of the teeth and jaw. There’s a good reason we call them smile experts!

So whether you’re 17 or 70, don’t let age rule out the possibility of having a healthy bite and a beautiful smile. Schedule a consultation today with a trusted, local orthodontist at