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Self-Care Year: 2022 Orthodontic Trends for a Brighter Smile

What trends are hitting the market for orthodontic in 2022? Since this new year has been deemed the “self-care” year, everyone is looking forward to fixing prior problems or finding ways to improve their lifestyle.

What trends are hitting the market for orthodontic in 2022? Since this new year has been deemed the “self-care” year, everyone is looking forward to fixing prior problems or finding ways to improve their lifestyle. Whether it from being independent and focusing on yoga to fixing chipped teeth.

The Orthodontic Trends for 2022 are looking for a consumer-direct balance when it comes to a patient’s health. And in this case, teeth are receiving an intensive look this year, especially since the pandemic may have prevented adults from visiting their orthodontist.


The pandemic has shown that traditional orthodontist appointments are no longer always required to receive care. Consumers who are interested in conducting impressions at home and receiving aligner treatment now can, on their own time. This is an exponentially growing business, and in 2022, businesses are expected to expand their consumer offerings to meet consumer wants, including Star Aligners’ upcoming DIY program to complete treatment from the comfort of home with virtual orthodontists oversight.


Prior to the pandemic, there were reports of misaligned teeth causing lower levels of self-esteem. The Zoom effect of staring at one’s face and in turn, teeth all day. This intensified potential low self-esteem issues and contributed to the rise of cosmetic cases in orthodontic care. These numbers are only expected to increase in 2022. According to the ADA, the pandemic has caused a rise in adults visiting orthodontists for stress-related conditions. These stress-related conditions involve teeth grinding and clenching. These conditions cause pain that radiates throughout the mouth, creating a need for retainers or aligners.


Patients can simply go online to discover the hundreds upon thousands of products available for whitening teeth… however, patients should visit or contact their orthodontist first. Why? Even with the mounds of “Best Teeth Whitener” articles, some patients may not be able to use a certain brand. This does depend on the oral health of the patient and it would be wise to contact a professional before applying any whitening gel or strips on deteriorating enamel.

With the focus on social media and constant visibility, there has been an added emphasis on treatments for whiter teeth, especially for those with retainers. According to a recent study, the teeth whitening market has the potential to grow by over 840 million between 2020 and 2024. Patients are seeking gel or foaming products that can be applied directly to the teeth and products for a brighter smile. Non-UV Blue light therapy has also been beneficial in removing stains from coffee, tea, and wine.


Oral care companies have seen an increased demand from consumers seeking therapy to improve gum function. Patients have been reaching out to their orthodontists to ask what LED treatments can do to help brighten their smiles.

LED devices use red and infrared light to increase gum circulation and improve oral health. These products will become more common, as they are easy to use and beneficial for long-term gum health, including StarAligners’ newest treatment, Illumina. Illumina is an oral therapy system that uses LEDs to enhance gum health, provide teeth whitening, increase circulation, and may reduce discomfort associated with aligner and braces treatments.


It’s no joke that self-care is in this year. More importantly, patients should always contact their orthodontist before applying any D.I.Y. remedy. No matter how safe a “best of” article may describe the D.I.Y. treatment, it is best to receive a professional opinion, especially when it is the doctor of a patient who has undergone orthodontic care.

Patients should always see their specialist beforehand so that a thorough intra-oral exam can take place. This way appropriate x-rays can help diagnose any problems that may pop up. An orthodontist can evaluate the state of the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Since orthodontists are specialists in moving teeth, patients should always consult their professional orthodontist before initiating any treatment.


To learn more about our orthodontic care, visit Amazing Smiles with convenient locations in Cedarhurst, Brooklyn, and Forest Hills, NY.


  • Amazing Smiles Orthodontics: Forest Hills100-25 Queens BoulevardForest Hills, NY 11375
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