When you think about a person who has braces, you likely think about someone who is in their teenage years. They’re in high school, and even though they don’t want them, their parents have made them get orthodontic correction so that their teeth will be straight as they get older.
While that is a common perception, times have changed. Now adults are getting braces. One of the reasons why more and more adults are getting orthodontic treatment is because of the added level of importance that is placed on their appearance as a result of social media.
Many people do not think about it, but social media really has made society more concerned with how they look. This is because every time you turn on your computer, you turn on your phone or you use a smart device, you see images of yourself. A friend can snap an image of you and in a matter of seconds, that image can be shared with thousands of individuals. When you see constant photographs of yourself, you start to notice some of your imperfections and you want to fix them.
Adults are getting braces to improve their smile and to correct their bite. Others do it just because they want to improve their self-esteem. Adult braces are on the rise every single year. Part of this trend is being spurred on by famous individuals. For example, in 2013, a famous singer wore the orthodontic appliance to the Grammy awards, and the singer was over 40 years old. Another actor, in his forties, was wearing ceramic braces to improve his teeth.
Something that has made it easier for adults to embrace the idea wearing braces is that so many of their colleagues are doing it. Very few adults want to be the only one in a business meeting wearing braces. But if there are multiple colleagues who are concerned about improving their teeth, then some of that discomfort disappears.
One of the nice things about getting braces as an adult is that you have a long-term view of things. You realize that wearing them for a couple of years is going to be a process, but the result is that you will have straight teeth for years to come.
If you live in the Murfreesboro, Shelbyville or surrounding area, getting braces as an adult at Pack Orthodontics is an excellent way to avoid oral health issues and other health problems as you get older. The straighter your teeth are, the easier it’s going to be for you to care for them properly. Really, there is no age that is too old to get braces. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our orthodontist.