Today's orthodontic treatment is unlike that of the past. Perceptions and attitudes about braces have changed over the years, but the goal remains the same – to help each patient achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.
Due to orthodontic innovations such as invisible braces, different color braces and the ability to change colors during treatment, there are now exciting ways for young patients to customize the appearance of their orthodontic work. Additionally, computer software that predicts a patient's potential post-treatment appearance helps keep patients motivated to achieve a straight smile.
But don't just take our word for it. It's moms that know best. A majority of mothers surveyed on behalf of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) said that today's orthodontic options and new technologies made their children's orthodontic experience more enjoyable. That's not all, 86 percent of mothers think braces are cooler today than when they were children, and 69 percent also said wearing braces made their children feel cool. In fact, an overwhelming 81 percent said their children's experience with orthodontic treatment was either positive or extremely positive.
That enthusiasm about today's orthodontic treatment doesn't stop with just braces. It also translates straight to the orthodontist's office. Today's patient-friendly offices provide video games, music and reading materials to help many young patients enjoy their visit. Mothers described the experience of visiting the orthodontist's office as fun, and 81 percent rated their child's office experience as positive or extremely positive.
Furthermore, 78 percent of mothers who had braces as a child believe braces are one of the best investments their parents made for them. So, why not make that investment in your child, or even yourself?
Source: AAO Perception of Orthodontic Treatment Study 2003, Pragmatic Research, Inc.
© American Association of Orthodontists and Braces.org, 01/17/2012