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Healthy, Beautiful Smiles Can Transform Lives

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - More self-esteem, a better career and improved relationships  may be on the tip of your tongue. Well, close to it.

If your teeth are not as  nice as you’d like, having them treated by an orthodontist could make a  big difference in your life and if you didn’t have them  straightened when you were young, you may be glad to know it’s not too  late.

Adult orthodontic treatment contributes to significant improvements in  both professional and personal lives, say respondents to a study conducted  among adults who had the treatment.

Survey Findings

Seventy-five percent of adults surveyed reported improvements in career or  personal relationships, which they attributed to their improved  post-orthodontic treatment smile. Citing newfound self-confidence, 92 percent  of survey respondents say they would recommend orthodontic treatment to other  adults.

Seventy-one percent of respondents had such pretreatment concerns as “What  will others think?” “How will I look?” “Am I too old?,” but an overwhelming majority said the concerns  were gone once treatment actually began.

Respondents reported positive outcomes:

• “I was much more confident and self-assured once I could  smile openly. Life is very stressful [on a subconscious level] when you’re  always aware that you cannot open your mouth to smile without fear of  judgment.”

• “With an attractive smile, you can face your career and  personal relationships with confidence.”

• “A more brilliant smile and the straightest teeth gave me  confidence to do anything.”

The Doctor’s Opinion

Says Gayle Glenn, D.D.S., M.S.D., president of the American Association of  Orthodontists (AAO): “Adults are seeking treatment in record numbers  and we encourage anyone, at any age, to consult an orthodontist to learn if  he or she could benefit from treatment. It’s never too late to move  healthy teeth.”

After dental school, orthodontists receive an additional two to three  years of specialized education at an accredited orthodontic residency  program. Only those who have successfully completed this formal education may  call themselves “orthodontists,” and only orthodontists are  eligible for AAO membership.

Based on their education and experience, orthodontists can devise  effective treatment plans that employ the full range of treatment types, from  high-tech to tried-and-true, based on the needs of each individual patient.

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