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Adults Say Healthy, Beautiful Smiles Transform Lives
Date:10/29/2013

(PRWEB) October 29, 2013

Adult orthodontic treatment contributes to significant improvements in both professional and personal lives, say respondents to a new study conducted among individuals who, as adults, had orthodontic treatment provided by orthodontists. 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.

The survey, which was conducted on behalf of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) for National Orthodontic Health Month in October, queried respondents on their pre-treatment concerns: “What will others think?” “How will I look?” “Am I too old?” Seventy-one percent had such concerns prior to treatment, but an overwhelming majority said the concerns did not continue once treatment actually began.    

Respondents reported positive outcomes from treatment:

"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."

Younger adults report the most favorable results. Eighty-seven percent of those aged 18-34 reported increased success with personal relationships after treatment. "I found someone who cared about me," commented one respondent.

“This survey validates that a healthy, beautiful smile can be a critical factor when it comes to personal and professional success,” says Gayle Glenn, D.D.S., M.S.D., president of
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