A recent piece by Dave McGinn for the Globe and Mail asserts that, “Among the tween and teenage set, orthodontics have gone from stigma to status symbol.” The 4.6 million North Americans aged 17 or younger receiving orthodontic treatment in 2012 was nearly double the 2.6 million in 1989.
What are some contributing factors to this increase in popularity of braces? For starters, braces today are smaller, more comfortable, and more aesthetically pleasing than the braces of old. Also, young people today have raised expectations for what teeth should look like.
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