How the millennial generation has paved the way for adult orthodontics.

Have you ever stopped to think about the growing number of adults you see with braces or something related to orthodontics? Why is that? Who are they? One word, millennials. When it comes to the millennial generation, there are plenty of opinions out there.

A quick Google search will yield headlines claiming they’re the “Me Me Me” generation of adults who refuse to grow up. Scroll through social media and you’ll find that a large number of young adults who fall into the millennial age group are doing things that previous generations would have thought were strictly for children. Coloring books for adults have popped up in stores. Childless couples and friends are choosing to go to Disney World for vacations. Fashion from the 90s and early 2000s is back.

You could say that millennials have a bad case of early-onset nostalgia. And you’d be right.

Fighting the pressures of life with self-care.

The research on why millennials seem to yearn for their childhood and teen years is extensive. The reasons behind it are difficult to pinpoint, but most agree that it has a large part to do with our current economic, political, and social climates.

Millennials drew the short straw and they know it. But to combat the stress and pressure, they took a different route than previous generations. They chose to start taking better care of themselves.

Invisalign has proven to millennials that there’s no such thing as too late.

At first, Invisalign and adult orthodontics seems to be unrelated to millennials and the self-care movement they’ve ushered in. Take a closer look and you’ll understand why something like orthodontics can send a vital psychological message.

Invisalign proved to adults of all ages that they can still get the straight, white smile they wish they had when they were teens. Orthodontics is no longer a milestone just for kids or young teens with crooked smiles.

Millennials realize they can give themselves the things their parents weren’t able to. They can take the vacation to Disney World they’ve dreamed of since they were 10 years old. They can buy those expensive pairs of destroyed 90s jeans that were so trendy at that time. They can get the smile all of the popular kids in high school had.

Millennials aren’t refusing to grow up, they’re refusing to continue living a lifestyle they don’t want.

Millennials make up the largest generation of America’s workforce. They certainly aren’t lazy and they aren’t refusing to grow up. Rather, millennials are refusing to accept old ideas of what it means to be an adult. They’re challenging stereotypes that were set in stone by previous generations, which naturally spurs some conflict.

The self-care movement is a great example of how beneficial challenging stereotypes can be for all ages. Adults are learning that they can care for themselves rather than having to shoulder the burdens of life and all of the pressures that come with it. Mental health is becoming equally as important as physical health, and millennials are finding themselves coping with life in a much healthier way because of it.

Investing in oral health is an important example of how millennials are caring for themselves.

Millennials are choosing to invest in themselves, and that includes their oral health. In addition to pursuing Invisalign and other adult orthodontics, a growing number are also investing in restorative and cosmetic dentistry. They’re replacing their missing teeth with stunning dental implants and repairing damaged teeth with same-day dental crowns.

Cosmetic dentistry is growing in demand largely due to millennials following their desires for a smile they want to feel confident sharing with others. They don’t just want an okay smile, they want optimal oral health and a smile they are excited about. Cosmetic dentistry is helping them whiten their smiles or completely transform them with porcelain veneers.

What can you do to love your smile more?

Are you realizing that maybe your smile doesn’t look quite how you want it to? Follow in the footsteps of the millennial generation and talk with your dentist about your options.

Drs. Barr and Diachenko provide restorative and cosmetic dentistry services to busy individuals in downtown Chicago. And yes, they also offer Invisalign! The team also provides preventive and general dental care to ensure your smile remains bright and healthy.

You can schedule your consultation today by calling our Millennium Park office or filling out this online booking form.