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Adult Braces are More Popular Than Ever

it s never too late for a healthy smileIs it too late for you to have the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted? As a board certified licensed orthodontist, we say of course not! According to a new study conducted by an independent research firm for the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), Americans agree.

Between 2012 and 2014, the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment increased 16 percent, to 1,460,000 — that’s a record high number of adult braces in U.S. and Canada.

“When we speak to many of our adult patients about their experience with orthodontics, their only regret is not starting treatment sooner,” says Morris N. Poole, DDS, president of the AAO.

“Thanks to innovative technology and techniques, many adults are pleasantly surprised when they learn about today’s treatment options, which can be almost imperceptible. It’s a common misconception that orthodontic care is just for adolescents. We have data showing that adults report improvements in their professional and personal lives after completing orthodontic treatment.”

Why the Surge in Popularity for Adult Braces

Dr. Poole credits the growing number of adults in treatment to the growing understanding that a healthy, beautiful smile leads to improved social and professional success. “Orthodontics imparts life-long benefits and boosts confidence in many areas of life, from giving a presentation at work to feeling more comfortable in a one-on-one conversation.”

Why Adults are Getting Braces Today, Not Sooner

One of the leading reasons adults are getting braces not sooner is affordability. Orthodontic treatment has never been as affordable as it is now.

Most licensed orthodontists offer free or low cost initial consultations and no referral is necessary. Your orthodontist should provide a transparent care cost estimates, and have a wide variety of payment options to fit your budget. These options often include interest-free in-house financing, payment plans and sometimes a sizable discount if you can pay for your treatment in full.

Visit a Board Certified Licensed Orthodontist in South Dakota

“Despite the recession and difficult economic times in recent years, orthodontic treatment is at an all-time high,” says Dr. Poole. “A healthy, beautiful smile is an investment for a lifetime – no matter what age the treatment begins!”

No matter what your age, it’s never too late to improve your smile. Healthy teeth can be moved at all ages, and a beautiful smile is a worthy investment in yourself.

If you’re in the Brookings or Madison area, come see us for a free orthodontic consultation today.