The Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO) says adult orthodontics is the biggest growing market in Australia.
This rise in adult orthodontic patients has been attributed to two key factors:
1. Social media
Instagram, Snapchat, vlogging, and blogging have made people more aware of how their teeth look. Social media has created—or at least encouraged—a selfie culture: the desire to incessantly take photos of ourselves and post online for the world to see, which has made people pay closer attention to how their teeth look.
2. Improved treatment options
The cliché of bulky, ungainly and unsightly braces clamped to people’s teeth is a thing of the past. Braces now are more streamlined, more subtle—and much less invasive than the cliché.
Modern orthodontics has also seen the rise in braces-free treatments. Braces-free orthodontics are usually clear aligners to straighten teeth without having anything bonded to your teeth and wires tightened for a minimum of 12 months.
A spokesman for the ASO said,
“Your smile and your eyes are the two most important physical things when you meet someone, so it’s understandable that people put a lot of emphasis on it.”
With modern orthodontic options, adults now feel less uncomfortable about finally getting their teeth straightened.
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