WSJ: Increasing Number Of Adults Seek Orthodontic Treatments
The Wall Street Journal (10/5, Reddy, Subscription Publication) reports that an increasing number of adults are seeking orthodontic treatments, and dentists are offering more discrete options. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, more than 1.2 million adults received orthodontic treatment in 2012, up 36 percent from 1996. Orthodontic procedures for children and teens rose 32 percent in that period to 4.65 million. The Journal points out that according to an American Dental Association survey of dental fees from 2013, adult orthodontics generally cost from $4,800 to $7,135, which is slightly higher than the $4,685 to $6,500 range for teenagers.