Most people associate braces and orthodontic treatment with the sometimes awkward teen and pre-teen years.

While large numbers of young people continue to receive orthodontic treatment, more adults than ever before are seeking to improve their health and self-esteem by visiting their orthodontist.

The American Association of Orthodontists recently reported that the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment jumped by 14 percent from 2010 to 2012, with a record 1,225,850 patients over the age of 18.

The AAO reports more men are opting for orthodontic treatment. In 2012, 44 percent of adult patients were men, a 29 percent hike from two years earlier.

With locations in Fort Walton Beach and Niceville, Dr. Roger A. Grace and Dr. Brodie L. Bowman treat patients of all ages. They understand the concern and hesitation adults may feel about getting braces later in life.

But adult treatment can be done at any age if you have healthy gums and bone structure.

Benefits of treatment for adults are:

  • Better overall appearance and increased self-esteem.
  • Improved health of teeth and gums.
  • Prevention of gum and bone loss.
  • Decreased risk of tooth decay.
  • Prevention of headaches and jaw pain.

While adults may be apprehensive about visiting the orthodontist, Dr. Bowman offer treatments that are tailored to the individual patient’s needs.

They use the latest technology to offer treatments that are more comfortable and require fewer visits to the office.

Braces and aligners that are transparent or can be removed are also available for those who may be self-conscious about wearing the devices.

Don’t let your troubled teeth prevent you from living a full and active life.

Contact Dr. Bowman today to learn how adult braces can improve your smile – and your life.