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More Adults Are Treating Themselves by Getting Orthodontic Treatment

More Adults Are Treating Themselves by Getting Orthodontic Treatment

By Dr. Karen Conn (Bryn Mawr Orthodontics) 

An article in Philadelphia Magazine asked, "Is New Philadelphia... a Fit Philadelphia?"

As described in the article, we are living in a "suddenly fit" Philadelphia where a healthy lifestyle is a focus of adults' extracurricular activities.  With all this attention on health and fitness, many adults are recognizing that oral health is an important piece of looking and feeling good.  Indeed, The New York Times has noted a significant uptick in adults seeking orthodontic treatment (and we too have been seeing a lot of adult patients at Bryn Mawr Orthodontics).  In fact, about 25% of all orthodontics patients today are adults.  Simply stated, adults are treating themselves by getting orthodontic treatment.

While Americans spend billions of dollars every year on diets to make minor changes to physical appearance, many adults are realizing what orthodontists have known for a long time... teeth are the most important aspect of a first impression.  This is not to say that exercise and diet are unimportant (they definitely are).  But, if an adult wants to make the most impactful change in their appearance, the science confirms that a sound method is an improved smile.  The statistics are amazing... Recent studies have shown that "nearly three in four (73%) Americans would be more likely to trust someone with a nice smile than someone with a good job, outfit, or car."  Additionally, Americans with straight teeth are "21% more likely to be seen as happy, 47% more likely to be viewed as being healthy and 38% more likely to be perceived as smart."

With options like Invisalign and clear custom braces, treating yourself to orthodontic treatment without disrupting your day-to-day appearance during treatment has never been easier.  But you don't have to take my word for it... A recent study of adults who had completed orthodontic treatment found that 75% reported improvements in career or personal relationships, which they attributed to their improved post-orthodontic treatment smile, and 92% said they would recommend orthodontic treatment to other adults.

So if you are aspiring to improve your health and beauty… Treat yourself, by letting an orthodontist treat you!


Karen Conn, DMD, MS is a Board-certified orthodontist and co-owner of Bryn Mawr Orthodontics (Bryn Mawr, PA), where she specializes in Invisalign and braces for children, teens and adults.  She has been recognized as a Philadelphia Magazine Top Dentist, Suburban Family Top Orthodontist, and is among the nation’s top 1% of Invisalign providers.  Dr. Conn received her undergraduate and doctorate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.  She completed her residency in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics at Temple University, where she also earned a master's degree in Oral Biology.

Bryn Mawr Orthodontics serves its neighbors in Bryn Mawr, Gladwyne, Villanova, Ardmore, Haverford, Wynnewood, Narberth, Radnor, Penn Valley, Bala Cynwyd, Merion, Wayne, and the entire Main Line.

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