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Trends in dentistry: adult orthodontics & Invisalign

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It's something Kathy had wanted to do for years and years. She had always wanted a straighter smile, but the kids and family came first. But once her two boys were out of college and on their own, Kathy looked in the mirror and made the decision that it was about time - at age 60 - to straighten her smile with Invisalign.

Kathy is not alone. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, "The number of American adults over 18 sporting some form of a 'brace face' is roughly 1.2 million, or 20 percent of the 5.9 million orthodontia patients nationwide."1

Fixing misaligned teeth and overbites can both enhance the appearance of your smile and improve your oral and overall health. Crowded teeth can be harder to clean, which means they may be more prone to decay, cavities, infection and gum disease, which can directly affect a patient's overall health. And, according to dentalhealthmed.com, an overbite can also cause discomfort and affect tooth enamel.2

Why Wait?

Because the cost for adult orthodontics, either braces or clear aligners, such as Invisalign and ClearCorrect, can range from $3,000 to more than $7,000, one of the reasons many adults may delay treatment can be cost. Many adults may be hesitant to invest in themselves when there are other family financial priorities. "It wasn't until my last son was out of college that I seriously started considering Invisalign," said Kathy. "I think it's a mom's nature to put kids and family first. But, what I've discovered is it's never too late to do something good for yourself. And, I was happy I had a beautiful smile for my son's wedding photos!"

Many health plans and dental plans may include orthodontics, but may limit benefit to children under the age of 18 or only pay a portion of the total cost. For the out-of-pocket investment, many adult patients have found a healthcare credit card, such as CareCredit, is a great solution. A healthcare credit card enables patients to begin their Invisalign case without delaying months or even years because they can pay over time, often with promotional financing.*

"Patients love the idea of CareCredit for Invisalign," said Dr. Ong "Because they can pay with convenient monthly payments, they no longer feel they have to prioritize kids' college tuition or a new car or a family vacation over having a straighter smile and healthier mouth."

With clear aligners, clinical treatment can be more appealing to adults. And with a healthcare credit card like CareCredit, it can be more accessible. "I would tell anyone considering adult orthodontics, especially Invisalign, not to wait as long as I did," said Kathy. "It's something they can do now. So, why wait?"

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1 2014 survey by the American Association of Orthodontists

2 DentalHealthMed.com

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