Opting for Braces as an Adult
Didn’t want braces or didn’t have the opportunity to get them when you were younger? Or maybe you just want your smile to be a little bit straighter? No matter the reason, we commonly fit adults and college students for braces as they are an investment for success. With the revolutionary, technological advances in dental science in the past years, there are now more options for adults to enjoy a straighter smile as discretely as they want. At Belmar Orthodontics, we offer Invisalign, lingual and ceramic adult braces that help you go incognito with your teeth straightening. Studies show that those who have straighter teeth tend to be more confident with their smiles, more confident around others, and more successful in the workplace. So get that extra confidence in your step, and call us today to see what orthodontic plan is right for you.
Whether we like it or not, the world is becoming more visual at every turn. Major companies advertise solely through images and social media is run by imagery. Shouldn’t we also market ourselves to others through our appearance? In a study done by Invisalign, they interviewed more than 1,000 people and showed them photos of people side by side. The only difference? One person had crooked teeth and the other had straight teeth. Without knowing what the study was about, people were asked about their first impressions of these people. This study found that those with straighter teeth were 45% more likely to be hired for a job and 58% more likely to be perceived as successful and wealthy. A whopping 73% of people interviewed (in a group of more than 1,000) said they were more likely to trust someone with straight teeth over someone with crooked teeth. Straighter teeth literally are an investment for your future no matter your age!
When people were personally asked about their own teeth, they reported that they felt happier, more attractive and more successful with straight teeth. 70% reported a boost in just their confidence alone with straight teeth—especially in the workplace. Studies show that employers are more likely to hire someone with straighter teeth, as it’s a perception of how healthy a person is and an indication of how they took care of themselves. They perceived them as a greater asset and investment than those with crooked teeth. This can correlate into better success in home and education life as well, all because of a simple first impression!
Braces were not as popular several decades ago as they are now. For many, adult braces are now seen as a luxury that cannot be passed up. Many families, even in times of recession, are going without many wants and definitely some basic needs in order to afford adult braces and the confidence that comes with a straighter smile. In an ever-increasing visual world, one of the smartest things you can do for yourself is invest in a set of straight pearly whites.
According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), adults are now seeking orthodontic treatment at “historic levels.” In just a two-year period that they studied, there was a 14% increase in the amount of adults seeking braces for straighter teeth. Of that study, 44% of them were male and the rest were female. Of 4.5 million Americans in orthodontic treatment, 25% of them consisted of adults. Why the rise in adult braces? Recipients reported that the orthodontic treatment was for improving their professional and personal lives. That is the main driving force in those seeking braces as adults, and it seems to be a worthy investment. Many studies have been done by various orthodontic offices, news outlets (like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal), and product makers of orthodontic appliances. All have found that straighter teeth increase a person’s confidence as well as likelihood of landing a job over those with crooked teeth.
One of the most common concerns we see with adult patients is that they want to have their teeth-straightening experience be as discreet as possible. With today’s technology, that has become easier than ever to achieve. Some of our most popular adult braces options for adults include:
- Ceramic Clear Braces – These adult braces are similar to traditional metal braces except that we use stain-resistant ceramic brackets to match the unique color of your teeth. Even the wire can be matched to your teeth. You’ll get the structure of traditional braces while straightening teeth discreetly.
- Lingual Braces – These also provide the structure and functionality of traditional braces, except that the brackets and wires are bonded to the INSIDE of your teeth, meaning that you can talk and smile without anyone knowing you have orthodontic appliances. Your teeth will become straighter, but only you will know the adult braces are there.
- Invisalign Transparent Aligners – Invisalign aligners can discreetly straighten your teeth while improving the functionality of your smile—and all in secret! You wear your aligners all throughout the day, but can easily remove them to eat, drink, do physical activity and brush and floss like normal. The aligners are virtually invisible on your teeth. If you love that, then this is the orthodontic investment for you.
At Belmar Orthodontics, we can treat your aesthetic concerns while also treating you to a straighter, more impressive smile. It’s never too late to invest in a better smile. Those who do tend to see a boost in confidence and many positive changes in their oral health and personal lives. Plus, to be seen as more successful, attractive and job-worthy, who wouldn’t want to pass up that investment? Call our office today at (303) 225-9016 for your free adult braces consultation!