Why more adults are getting orthodontic treatment

Did you know that one in three orthodontic patients are adults? While many people associate braces or Invisalign® with teens and children, more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment than ever before. But what’s causing the upward trend in adult orthodontics?

Learn more about orthodontic treatment for adults, the benefits of orthodontics, and how Black Orthodontics can help you upgrade your smile. Schedule a free smile assessment or virtual appointment now!


Popularity: orthodontic treatment for adults

Adult orthodontics is more popular than ever, and for good reason. With all of the advances in orthodontic technology, treatment is faster and easier than ever. Plus, cultural shifts are breaking down the stigma of adult braces, encouraging more adults to get that smile they’ve always wanted.

Health: orthodontic treatment health benefits

While a straight smile is a huge confidence boost, orthodontic treatment has even more benefits to your health. When the teeth are out of alignment, food particles get caught in hard-to-reach places and break down to form plaque. This can cause conditions like tooth decay and gum disease. Bite misalignments can also cause abnormal wear on the teeth or difficulty chewing.

Without orthodontic intervention, these problems could mean expensive dental procedures in the long run. Getting Invisalign or Damon braces can help you prevent dental conditions and ensure a lifetime of healthier smiles!

Orthodontic options

You may be surprised to learn that clunky, noticeable braces are a thing of the past. With options like Invisalign and Damon braces, getting a natural smile is simpler than ever. While there are benefits to both kinds of treatment, everyone’s smile needs are different. Your orthodontist can talk to you about your smile goals and come up with a custom treatment plan to fit your needs, lifestyle, and budget.


Affordability of orthodontic treatment for adults

While the cost of orthodontic treatment does vary from patient to patient, younger patients may have more expensive treatment. There are many factors that contribute to this, like a lengthy early interceptive treatment, or a lack of proper braces care. For example, a child may not have the same dedication to wearing their Invisalign aligners 20-22 hours a day, prolonging their treatment time. Or, they may not heed diet recommendations, racking up emergency appointments and unexpected costs.

Since getting orthodontic treatment as an adult is an active choice, we find that older patients are more dedicated to the outcome of their treatment. Following proper braces care and Invisalign care can make your treatment more affordable in the long run.

We know that many prospective patients are concerned about how they will afford the cost of orthodontic treatment. At Black Orthodontics, we strive to make orthodontic treatment financially accessible to all of our patients. We offer zero-interest, flexible payment plans for every budget and can help you find a financing solution for your wallet.

Aesthetics: improving your look with orthodontics

The health benefits of orthodontics go above and beyond the aesthetic benefits. However, many adults seek orthodontic treatment to get a straight, radiant smile! This can help change your outlook and boost your confidence. Whether you’re out to lunch with friends, presenting in the boardroom, or Zooming with your colleagues, having a straight smile puts a spring in your step.

Video calls and orthodontics: the Zoom Boom

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges and hugely impacted our day-to-day lives. With the rise of video chat platforms like Zoom, many adults report feeling more insecure about seeing their misaligned teeth on camera every day. We’ve saw a large uptick in new adult patients in 2020!

While adult orthodontics had been steadily rising before 2020, the Zoom Boom created even more demand for straight smiles across the world. We hear many new adult patients talk about experiencing growing insecurity in their appearance while video chatting on Zoom and other platforms. The good news is, many of our adult patients report that their confidence has skyrocketed since seeking treatment and have been rocking their new smile on camera!

Schedule a consultation with your Asheville, NC, orthodontist

It’s never too late to start thinking about upgrading your smile. Whether you’re seeking dental health benefits or just looking to improve your appearance, adults can get the perks of a straight smile at any age!

Dr. Black has more than 30 years of experience beautifying smiles across the Asheville area. If you’re thinking about upgrading your smile with adult orthodontics, schedule a free smile assessment or virtual appointment with Black Orthodontics today!