More adults are opting to undergo orthodontic treatment for the benefit of their appearance - and their dental health, according to a report on Keloland TV.
Many orthodontists are reporting that they are treating an increasing number of older patients, which challenges the assumption that teenagers are the only ones who may be seen sporting braces.
Orthodontist Melisa Rathburn told the news provider that the trend may be tied to the fact that people now seem to recognize that tooth and jaw alignment are connected to dental health.
"It's not only for the cosmetic benefit, but for the functional benefit of the fact that we are living much, much longer," she commented.
Dental health experts say that improper alignment can lead to dental health problems such as tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss.
Today's patients have the benefit of being able to choose from a number of options if they want to straighten their teeth.
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, most adults choose clear or tooth-colored braces to minimize the visual effect they have on their smile.
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