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Braces — Not Just for Kids

When adults hear the word “braces” several things may pop into mind . . .

“Braces are for kids.”

“I’m too old for braces.”

“I don’t have time to get braces.”

The fact is, braces aren’t just for kids anymore, and over 1 million American adults are opting for healthier and more beautiful smiles. Thanks to advancements in technology, techniques and products, starting orthodontic treatment is more convenient and life changing than ever before.

A More Beautiful and Confident Smile

Your smile is the first thing that other people notice about you, and if you’re not happy or are self-conscious about it, your overall confidence, success and happiness may be affected. Surveys of adults have shown how straightening their smile has positively impacted their life:

  • Ninety-two percent of adults who have straightened their teeth cite that having straight teeth was important to their confidence.
  • Nearly 8 in 10 adults agree teeth straightening has given them the confidence to do something they never could have done before they fixed their teeth.
  • For 57%, teeth are the #2 trait ­— behind only weight — about which Americans continue to feel insecure.

Health Benefits

Studies continually show a strong link between oral health and disease. While tooth decay and gum disease continue to be the most common, others like cardiovascular disease, dementia, respiratory infections, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis all have links to poor oral care. When teeth are not properly aligned, there are more areas where food and bacteria can collect — leading to the increased plaque and bacteria linked to many of these illnesses.Additionally, unaligned teeth can place undue stress on the jaw, which can lead to problems with the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ), jaw and neck pain, as well as weakened teeth and an increased risk for chipped or broken teeth.

Treatment Options

Invisalign® has become a popular choice for adults and teens wanting a beautiful smile without the use of metal braces. This cutting-edge product straightens teeth by using a series of custom-made, invisible liners that gradually and gently shift teeth into place. The best part of this system is that it is virtually invisible to other people, and because the trays are removable, oral care is easier and there are no restrictions on diet.Unlike the “traditional” braces many remember from their teenage years, products like Damon System® Braces allow for simpler and faster treatment. This system has eliminated time-consuming and complicated procedures, delivering a beautiful smile months and months sooner. Plus, its design requires less adjustments so appointments can be spaced out, and the appliances are discreet, comfortable and easy to keep clean, making it the perfect option for busy adults.

Are Braces Affordable?

Orthodontic treatment is an investment that lasts a lifetime, and many of our patients are pleasantly surprised that it can be quite affordable. Associated Orthodontists is a participating provider with most major insurance carriers, plus offers flexible and interest-free payment programs. If your insurance covers orthodontic treatment, we can help coordinate your insurance and help you maximize your benefits.

Ready to start your healthy, beautiful smile? Associated Orthodontists offers complimentary consultations at all locations – Joliet, Plainfield, Morris, New Lenox, Frankfort and Bourbonnais. Click here to schedule an appointment, or call a location near you. For more information on locations and services, visit

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