Braces, as you know, have a long history. But as yet another decade draws to a close, what does it mean to wear them now? How are they different from ten years ago? Does a brace wearer today have different experiences than someone who wore braces in the year 2000? From customized brackets to heat-activated wires, braces have come a long way. This is why they’re more important than ever in the year 2020.
1. Rising to meet a global aesthetic
The rise of Instagram and other social media platforms has created a demand, greater than ever, for products to be as attractive as they are functional. The notion of style is at its most fluid, innovation and experimentation are lauded. The companies that create braces have not failed to notice this, which is why you will find that braces are deliberately stylish, quirky and colorful. For generations of people., they were an embarrassment. Now, they’re a fashion statement.
2. For all ages
Braces are no longer a symbol of adolescence. Over a million Americans who wear braces are older than 18. It’s not uncommon to see people in their twenties and thirties sporting braces today – and those are just the braces you can see. Because despite being trendier than ever, braces are also far more discreet than they used to be. Some of them are practically invisible. Which means that working professionals are now opting for them in hitherto unprecedented numbers.
3. More effective than ever
The increased interest in braces has led to manufacturers investing both time and money into making them better. The world of braces is constantly evolving and leaps in technology are creating more innovations than ever before. Think of digital impressions and custom-made brackets. This investment into improving how braces work looks set to increase even further over the next few years.
4. The role of a sensitive society
Society is more accepting of the marginalized than it used to be. Years ago, having braces was seen as a shameful thing. Today, someone bullying someone else for wearing braces is the one likely to be shamed. The acceptance of traditional deviations from beauty standards is another reason most brace wearers don’t have to suffer what their predecessors did. Indeed, the rise of braces as a fashion statement shows that power can now be claimed by the brace-wearer.
5. Celebrity influence
Braces are finally getting their moment in the spotlight thanks to celebrities like Cheryl Cole, Dakota Fanning and Katherine Heigl. The modern celebrity has a position of power that cannot be underestimated. If you’re wearing braces, you’re no longer an underdog. So go get ‘em. 2020 is going to be a great year.