More adults are getting wise to the fact that orthodontic treatment isn’t just for kids. “We’re seeing a definite increase in adult orthodontics these days,” says Dr. Paul Major, chair of the University of Alberta’s School of Dentistry and past-president of the Canadian Association of Orthodontists. According to this association, adults now account for more than one-quarter of all Canadians with braces.
Adults may be interested in braces for cosmetic or oral health reasons. Orthodontic work can give you a youthful-looking smile, but Dr. Major explains that it may also improve tooth function, gum health and even sleep apnea. And with today’s breakthroughs, there are more treatment options than ever before. That’s encouraging because adults typically wear braces for two years – sometimes longer. Here are some of the more popular choices.