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Website supports adults with braces
Updated: 3/7/2011 7:00:18 PM

Adults who may feel self-conscious about their braces can seek support online After enduring hurtful remarks regarding her braces, Lynn Schneider founded ArchWired.com, a website that serves as an outlet for adults who wear braces to share their experiences and insights with others who are in the same situation.

More than 10,000 members worldwide subscribe to the site's Metal Mouth Message Board.

Schneider explained that invisible braces are not a viable option for all adults in need of corrective dental work, so these individuals are more likely to feel self-conscious when others make comments about their oral devices.

The site's creator said she believes that there is a stigma surrounding braced adults, since family and friends may not understand that braces are necessary to prevent further oral health complications, and are not used solely for cosmetic purposes.

Conversation tips are also available on the web page for anyone who would like to lend support to an older person who wears or is seeking braces.

The procedure is not uncommon in adults. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, more than 30 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults.

These treatments can be expensive, so it is important that individuals ensure that they can afford services that may not be covered by their dental healthcare provider.

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