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New research has revealed a disparity between what adults and adolescents are looking for when it comes to braces.
According to the Ohio State University Study, teenagers think of braces as accessories that can be enhanced, whereas adults are concerned with making them as unobtrusive and imperceptible as possible.
The researchers found that everyone wants orthodontics with less metal in them, but kids are opting for braces in the shape of a star, or with colored bands.
Braces that feature clear ceramic brackets with metal or thin wires were found to be less desirable, while all-metal orthodontics were the least popular with survey respondents.
However, report author Henry Fields noted: "The paradox is that the more aesthetic these dental appliances are, the more difficult they are to manage for the orthodontist."
"But those are what people like the most," he added.
Adults who want straighter teeth without a mouthful of wires may look to options other than braces such as Invisalign, a new technology that uses a series of plastic trays to straighten and align teeth.
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