Orthodontics ‘keeps teeth straight and strong’

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Orthodontic treatment is not always about achieving a more attractive smile, it can reportedly keep teeth strong and healthy.

According to Cleveland newspaper the Plain Dealer, adult orthodontic patients are becoming increasingly common, with one dentist stating that they make up 35 per cent of his patients, compared to five per cent 25 years ago.

Dr Raymond George, Rhode Island-based president of the American Association of Orthodontists, said the rise can be attributed to speedier treatment and improved aesthetics of braces.

However, 52-year-old Peggy Cleary told the newspaper that she has decided to have braces fitted to correct her bite and keep her teeth aligned and strong.

"If I was going to spend $6,000 (£3,037) for cosmetic reasons, I’d get plastic surgery," she said.

Another brace wearer 43-year-old Maria Kahle told the publication that the cost of the treatment may have been expensive, but it was worth it.

A popular option for orthodontic patients is Invisalign, an invisible brace product.

The product’s manufacturers claim that 87 per cent of its users are either extremely or very satisfied with the treatment.ADNFCR-1374-ID-18545002-ADNFCR

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