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Braces are often associated with adolescents but, according to the American Association of Orthodontists, more than 1 million adults in the U.S. have some form of braces.

Some adults may seek straightening for aesthetic reasons – though their teeth may not be causing any specific problems they have shifted overtime and they are no longer happy with their smile. But dentists may recommend braces for non-cosmetic reasons as well. Over time, crowded teeth or a bite that doesn’t line up can lead to painful problems with teeth and gums, including tooth decay and gum disease. Though it’s easier to treat most alignment issues in adolescents because their jaws are still developing, adult problems can successfully be treated with a variety of braces within a year. Classic metal braces are available, of course, but clear braces like Invisalign and concealed orthodontia that have brackets on the backside of teeth are also options.

Be sure to check your dental plans to see what your plan covers for orthodontia. For more information and an appointment call (212) 753-5575