Braces and dating
In the fall of 2012, Stacey Mahnken decided to get braces.She was 24, and had just broken up with her boyfriend.But she says that the decision to get braces was a pretty easy one.Though she had to wrangle the finances and find the right orthodontist, the underlying motivation was simple: "I wanted to have a nice smile and not be ashamed of my teeth." She's not the only one, but no, this isn't a trend piece.According to the American Association of Orthodontists' most recent patient census survey, the majority of orthodontia patients are still young, between the ages of 9 and 14.Still, 1.2 million adults were treated by orthodontists in 2012. There's a statistic in that AAO survey that gets cited a lot — that between 19, the number of adult patients seen by orthodontists went up 40 percent.Recent U of T grad with a penchant for small pups, cold ciders and extensive vocabularies.Proud book mom of "i'm in like with you: a collection of almost-love stories".
Adults also obviously need a great smile for their social life.He said that now, decades later, they made up a full quarter.But remember that, according to the AAO's own numbers, by 1989 adults were already 25 percent of orthodontia patients.There are several reasons why braces have become much more acceptable in our society lately.
One reason is that there are several types of braces available, and some of them are barely noticeable.In the story, reporter Andrew Adam Newman talks to the then-head of the AAO Michael B.