Why more adults are getting orthodontic treatment

Recently, you may have noticed that more and more of your friends or colleagues are wearing Invisalign® or braces. It’s no surprise then that orthodontic treatment is becoming more popular with adults. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, the number of adults benefiting from orthodontic care is at an all-time high, with one-in-three orthodontic patients over the age of 18!

We have noticed the same positive trend at Hess Orthodontics — and we love that adults are choosing to make their smiles bright and beautiful for years to come.

Schedule your complimentary first appointment with Hess Orthodontics to learn how our treatment options can improve your health and give you the smile of your dreams!

Popularity: braces in adulthood

Braces are more popular among adults than ever before. People from their 20s to their 50s and beyond are scheduling their first appointments to better understand their teeth and how braces can improve their life

There are several reasons adults are embracing orthodontic treatment, including:

Technological advancements

Cutting-edge systems like Invisalign and Damon Braces use lightweight materials that are virtually invisible. Smaller brackets and customized products allow for more comfort and control during treatment. Advanced technology also speeds up treatment time and decreases the number of follow-up appointments.

Less stigma

Like all trends, adult braces have created a buzz on social media. Hundreds of thousands of photos posted under #adultbraces show adults of all ages proudly smiling and discussing the progression of their orthodontic care journey. Connecting with others with similar experiences can help us feel like we’re not alone getting the proper treatment.

Camera time

Working from home during the pandemic required many people worldwide to sit on video conference calls for hours every day. Sitting in front of a camera made more people realize their teeth were maybe not as straight as they would like. This phenomenon, also called the Zoom Boom or the Zoom Effect, was studied in-depth by the British Orthodontic Society (BOS).

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Health benefits: orthodontic treatment for adults

Having straight teeth can give you confidence and help you look great! More than that, orthodontic treatment can also improve your oral health. People with misaligned bites, crowded teeth, gapped teeth, or other issues can experience more of the following:

  • Tooth decay
  • Cavities
  • Gum disease
  • Damage to tooth enamel
  • Abnormal tooth wear
  • Difficulty chewing

Your smile will look and feel fantastic after braces, and you can avoid some significant dental issues as you move through the years.

More options

Orthodontic options

Orthodontic advancements allow you to choose the best treatment option for your lifestyle and orthodontic needs. Many new braces systems work efficiently but provide you with a discreet, low-profile look. Primary options include:

Learn more about adult braces or Invisalign for adults.


Adults can have access to treatment options that are not possible for younger patients because adults may have more money to spend on care for themselves. Additionally, adults can keep better track of products, such as Invisalign trays and retainers.

Giving you the best orthodontic care in West Coastal & Cental Florida is the top priority at Hess Orthodontics! We offer various financing options, including zero-interest payment plans, Care Credit, and FSA or HAS reimbursement so you can get the treatment you need!

Aesthetics: improving your look with orthodontics

Many adults seek orthodontic treatment because they want a great-looking smile. If you avoid smiling because you are self-conscious about your teeth or feel like your appearance affects how people see or treat you, you should schedule an appointment with the friendly staff at Hess Orthodontics. We want the best for you and your smile!

Hess Orthodontics offers many treatment options to help you feel and look great! Learn more about your options now!

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Get the smile you’ve always wanted! At Hess Orthodontics, we will support you through every step of your treatment. From the first exam to the day your new smile is finally revealed.

Your journey to a beautiful, healthy smile begins when you make an appointment with the certified doctors at Hess Orthodontics. Dr. Michael Hess, Dr. Paiyal Popat, Dr. Matt Baker, Dr. Laura Rey and Dr. Megan Menashe have served many patients in Riverview, Lithia, Parrish, Apollo Beach, Sarasota and Winter Haven.

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