William Fay, DDS is a cosmetic orthodontist with more than two decades of experience. As a well-established professional in the San Francisco Bay Area, he treats more than 200 patients a year. William Fay, DDS is also a member of the World Federation of Orthodontists (WFO).
In the most recent edition of the quarterly newsletter for WFO members, Jorge Faber, editor-in-chief of the Journal of the World Federation of Orthodontists, talked about the impact that orthodontists can have on older adult’s lives. Orthodontics has traditionally been viewed as a service that benefits teenagers and young adults. During these formative periods, many people are keen to make a positive impression on others and to present the best physical version of themselves to the world. However, Dr. Faber believes that as life expectancy increases around the globe, the face of orthodontics is changing.
In his piece for the WFO Gazette, Dr. Faber pointed out that older people are increasingly seeking more orthodontic treatment worldwide. Outside of aesthetic applications, orthodontists have the ability to help alleviate breathing problems and improve teeth and jaw function. There are significant implications here for individuals who find that, as they age, breathing and eating become difficult activities.
To learn more about how orthodontics can benefit older adults, see Vol. 21 – Issue 1 of the WFO Gazette here: www.wfo.org/news/gazettes.