Traditionally, the orthodontic procedure that seeks to “correct” crooked, overlapping, crowded, and gapped teeth has relied on metal braces. The image of a wired-teethed teenager being a regular occurrence in the popular imagination is proof of this. The reality, however, is the problem of misaligned or crooked teeth is not limited to teenagers.
If left untreated, misalignment of teeth does not straighten out naturally with time. This means that teens with malocclusion grow up to be young adults and adults with malocclusion. Further, the lack of adequate awareness — which in turn can be traced to a lack of adequate representation in popular culture — that post-teens can also access orthodontic treatment makes it less likely for individuals to seek teeth straightening services as they grow older.
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Why? Because the prospect of wearing metal braces that loudly announce that a person is undergoing orthodontic…