Super Smile: Braces For Grown-Ups

The typical mom visiting the orthodontist's office sits in the waiting room while her child gets his braces adjusted. However, times are changing. In ever-increasing numbers, the mom is the patient. In fact, more adults than ever are now wearing braces.

Join the club

Gwen Stefani in braces and after bracesMore than 1 million Americans and Canadians currently wear braces (or so estimates the Academy of General Dentistry). Even celebs like Tom Cruise, Gwen Stefani (shown at right) and Nicolas Cage have had braces -- while "Ugly Betty" actress America Ferrera has worn them as her TV character, Betty Suarez.So should you consider a trip to the orthodontist?

Should you bite?

Braces do a lot more than give you a great smile. Orthodontia can also help with some important health issues -- like cavities, gum disease, headaches and speaking problems cause by overbites, underbites, an incorrect jaw position or other jaw joint disorders. Find out more about braces for adults in the video below!More information on adult braces & toothcare:


Video: Braces for adults


Comments on "Brace yourself: Braces for adults"

Jeff February 14, 2010 | 3:52 PM

I have Full Braces myself now, top and bottom teeth. I got the regular silver braces because too me the clear and ceramic brackets look like plaque build up. I had braces from age 13 to 16. When I got my braces off back then I was too cool for retainers. I went in the Navy, lost a tooth during a flight deck incident, and my teeth were a mess. I have two years to go with braces and dont mind at all. I have headgear too which is a minor drawback, but even that is easy too deal with. I'm now 34 yrs old and a TinGrin! A Very Cool TinGrin!!

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