Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Celebs Embracing Braces

Not too long ago, adults were largely hesitant about the idea of braces, but studies are showing that the stigma of being too old for braces is increasingly diminishing.

As stated in an article from the LA Times, "Orthodontists cite a host of reasons for the growing acceptance of braces among adults. They're more affordable because insurance coverage for orthodontic work is on the rise. They're more comfortable and more discreet. Treatment times are shorter and fewer office visits are needed." Moreover, "there's ever increasing pressure to look one's best."

And none are more familiar with these pressures than the Hollywood set. Surprisingly, some of Hollywood's finest have actually publicly embraced their brackets, with Faith Hill debuting a beautiful set at the Grammy's last week.

That's not to say they're the hallmark of high fashion, but it's nice to see braces are no longer associated with tin-grinned train-track metal-mouthed tweens and unsightly headgear. 

I think we all can agree that an attractive smile is a wonderful asset. It contributes to self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-image – important qualities at every age.