According to a recent study by the American Academy of Orthodontics (AAO), five million people in the U.S. and Canada are currently undergoing orthodontic treatment, one million of which are 18 years of age and older. Dr. Patrick Cuozzo, an orthodontist in New Jersey, says the number of adults opting for orthodontic corrective procedures has risen at his practice. While many patients are concerned that having braces as an adult will mean significant discomfort and embarrassment, Dr. Cuozzo says that with modern advancements in orthodontic techniques, there are more subtle options available for correcting the appearance of crooked teeth.
New Jersey orthodontist Dr. Patrick Cuozzo says that he has seen a growing popularity in adults pursuing orthodontic treatment at his practice. The American Academy of Orthodontics (AAO) recently released a study that shows similarities with Dr. Cuozzo’s observations, reporting that 20% of all patients currently undergoing orthodontic treatment in the U.S. and Canada are 18 and above. In addition, the latest study from the Journal of the American Dental Association reports that between 137 and 154 million American adults have some degree of malocclusion (crooked or misaligned teeth) and could benefit from orthodontic treatment. With such a significant portion of the American population affected by misaligned teeth, Dr. Cuozzo says modern orthodontics has paved the way for several options in corrective procedures, ranging from Invisalign® to lingual braces.
Dr. Cuozzo also says development in the past few years in adult orthodontics has meant older patients can now seek more subtle options for teeth alignment. He says many patients are concerned that orthodontic treatments will be an uncomfortable, unattractive hindrance to their daily life. However, Dr. Cuozzo adds that while teeth alignment treatments often conjure images of adolescence and metal brackets, there are many options for correcting crooked teeth for patients who prefer to do so with more discretion. Invisalign® treatment uses sets of custom-made and removable clear trays designed to gradually straighten teeth over time. Another option for many patients is lingual braces, which fit on the back of teeth and are therefore not visible to others, but use the same technology as traditional braces to pull teeth into a straighter position.
Whether patients are looking for clear braces or Invisalign in New Jersey, Dr. Cuozzo says orthodontics can offer patients of all ages improved self-confidence and a more beautiful smile. He also says that taking action to correct teeth can improve oral health and prevent future dental complications.
About Patrick T. Cuozzo, DDS, PA
Dr. Patrick Cuozzo graduated from the University of Maryland Dental School and earned his Certificate of Specialty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where he now serves on the orthodontics faculty as an associate professor. A board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Cuozzo is also a professor of the American Board of Orthodontics and a member of the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, and the New Jersey Association of Orthodontists. He has been recognized as one of New Jersey’s Top 10 Orthodontic Specialists and has been featured several times in the Guide to America’s Top Dentists.
Dr. Cuozzo’s practice has two locations at 4 Swimming River Road in Lincroft, NJ, reachable at (732) 747-3466, and 548 Washington Blvd. in Sea Girt, NJ, reachable at (732) 449-5444. His practice can also be contacted online through its website 4straightteeth.com or facebook.com/pages/Cuozzo-Orthodontic-Specialists/114176307094.