Technological advances boost aesthetics, efficiency for adult braces
By Dr. Robert Sunstein, DDS
Smile-correcting orthodontic devices have never been synonymous with high-style; but now, advances in technology and aesthetic design are bringing adult braces into the mainstream – and making them more visually appealing as well. The Los Angeles Times reports that, as of 2008, over 1 million adult men and women were wearing braces; and thanks to a combination of trends including improved orthodontic insurance coverage rates and an increased desire to enhance physical appearance, that number may well continue to rise.
21st century braces are strikingly different from their traditional, stigma-ridden counterparts. In place of heavy wires and unsightly headgear, orthodontic patients now find clear ceramic brackets and Invisalign trays – both of which afford the wearer increased efficiency and comfort in addition to aesthetic subtlety. Today’s orthodontic materials are made of light, flexible nickel titanium wires, and can be custom-made to not only fit each patient’s mouth individually, but to also retain shape memory and thus reduce the need for frequent, time-consuming adjustments.
Dr. Michael Rogers, president of the American Association of Orthodontists, explains that these new, “faster” braces aren’t merely more convenient: the nickel titanium wire actually “moves teeth faster because it works all the time” – making the daunting time commitment traditionally associated with braces a thing of the distant past. Furthermore, for those with dental insurance coverage, costs are improving as well. While the average set prices somewhere between $4,000 and $8,000, orthodontia coverage rates have risen from 54% in 1996 to as much as 73% in 2008 – making affordable oral care and aesthetic improvement an accessible reality for adults and children alike.
Convenient, innovative adult braces at a state-of-the-art San Diego facility
Like many medical professionals, orthodontists have witnessed dramatic industry developments in the last several decades. Straight, healthy smiles are no longer a benefit to be enjoyed exclusively by privileged consumers (or very young children). Instead, adults who desire straighter teeth for any reason – be it a career change into the public spotlight or a renewed need for social confidence – can now access subtle, effective and fast-acting braces — all right here at San Diego’s premier orthodontic facility.
With over thirteen years of shared experience, our Sunny Smile Specialists are committed to providing unprecedented orthodontic care to the San Diego community. Based in a new, state-of-the-art La Jolla facility and dedicated to patient flexibility and convenience, our staff uses the latest technology to accommodate adult and child patients alike and achieve straighter teeth and improved oral health in as little as six months – no heavy wires or frequent appointments required.
Braces: they’re not just for kids anymore. Learn more, at www.lajollaorthodontist.com
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