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One-Third of American Adults are Unhappy With Their Smile | Dr. Mark Sayed

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April 9, 2014
Never Too Old For Braces

Never Too Old For Braces

According to a new study  commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and conducted by Wakefield  Research, more than one-third of American adults are unhappy with their smile.

Of Americans who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth, 36% believe they would have a  better social life if they had better teeth. This may be especially true among young adults, as 48% of  Americans ages 18 to 24 have untagged a picture of themselves on Facebook because they didn’t like  their smile.

The study found that bad teeth also represented the biggest dating turn-off among men and women.  According to the study, 77% of women think crooked teeth are worse than a receding hairline in a  potential love interest. Moreover, 22% of Americans who are unhappy with their smile think that better  teeth would lead to a better love life.

On a professional level, 78% of Americans perceive adults with crooked teeth to be unsuccessful. Also, 14% of those unhappy with their teeth felt that they might be missing out on a better job.

“Professional orthodontic treatments have come a long way in recent years, with innovative options  such as clear aligner trays, lingual braces, and ceramic braces,” said John F. Buzzatto, DMD, MDS,  president of the AAO. “Healthy teeth can be moved at any age and it’s encouraging that two-thirds of  Americans think they are never too old for treatment.”

Mark Sayed, DMD, in San Juan Capistrano CA, agrees that is never too late to improve a person’s smile  and bite “We offer several non-traditional metal braces options, including clear brackets & invisalign.”  Dr. Sayed has many adult patients in orthodontic treatment, ranging from 20 to 73 years old.

The above discussed survey queried 1,000 nationally representative US adults, ages 18 and older between September 21  and September 25, 2012, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points.