This includes personal as well as professional reasons. Some adults are concerned with their bite, excessive tooth wear, etc. But the greatest single reason that adults get treatment is for the happiness and self-confidence that an amazing smile can provide! The great news is new technologies with braces and Invisalign are making it easier than ever to get that dream smile.
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Most of us have heard the taunts—metal mouth, brace face, train tracks—silly names dreamt up by foolish people who have nothing better to do than make fun of your awesome braces. Nowadays, more kids than ever wear braces—a testament to how many people realize the benefits of a great smile. Even a large number of grown-ups have taken to wearing braces for adults. Jokes about braces are as old as braces themselves, and those date back at least to the 18th century! Nowadays, this particular form of ridicule has its own name: brace-ism. It can hurt to face such ridicule. It can chip away at your self-confidence and make you feel less than the beautiful, wonderful person you are.
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And are some health experts right to be concerned? It might have been a compliment — in Nigeria, a space between the top front incisors is seen as a mark of beauty, Adesoye says — but she hated hers. Adesoye, who is 27 and moved to the UK five years ago, had metal braces in her teens, but they were painful and unsightly. She ended up having them removed early.