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For a long time, braces were associated strictly with adolescence. In recent years, however, more adults than ever are exploring their orthodontic options. Dr. Suni Wadhwa, director of orthodontics at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine note “ When I started practicing in the ’90s, I was lucky if 1 percent of my clients were adults,” he says “Now, about 50 percent are adults. It’s definitely our fastest-growing segment.” What is causing this massive growth? Several factors, including a variety of orthodontic alternatives that are more discrete than traditional braces (and just as effective). Here are the two most popular options.
Orthodontic aligners-most notably Invisalign-have made incredible strides over the past decade. They are a completely visible alternative to braces and are popular amongst all ages. The clear aligner, which is comparable to a very thin nightguard, is hardly noticeable, and you can remove it whenever you want. Aside from being aesthetically pleasing and low-maintenance, Invisalign treatment is often actually faster than traditional braces when properly delivered by an expert.
Damon braces may be like traditional braces, but they differ in a few important ways. For one thing, they are much less conspicuous, using clear, virtually invisible brackets, they employ a special slide mechanism that moves naturally along with your smile as it realigns, eliminating the need for regular adjustments and tightening. This process results in a much faster treatment time, fewer office visits, and less pain. No matter which treatment you choose, the benefits of having a straight smile are far beyond cosmetics. Straight teeth are easier to clean and less likely to harbor nasty bacteria that can affect your overall health. A perfect smile can also do wonders for your self-confidence not to mention making you stay looking younger. No wonder so many adults are taking the time to visit the orthodontics.
Dr. Alexa Alborzi Has helped more than 8,500 children, teens, end adults transform their happy, healthy smiles, and orthodontics. Through her 25 years of experience, She has developed the ability to produce smiles in a fraction of the usual time without headgear, extraction, or expenders. She is known to tackle some of the most difficult orthodontist’s cases with a high degree of success and minimal surgeries. As a respected professor of orthodontics for 14 years, she has instructed many graduate students at the University of California San Francisco, School of dentistry. Her vision of excellence has also led her to be an active supporter of many local community programs such as Smiles Change Lives and Sonrisas Community programs. Giving back to her community is a personal drive learned from her parents who ran an orphanage and taught the value of helping others. For more information visit www.alborzismiles.com