Adult Braces Are They

Adult Braces: Are They Right for You?

Team Adult Braces

Although braces are common for children and teens, more and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment for a variety of reasons. Orthodontics can include various types of treatments that are designed to meet the specific needs of each patient. Braces, clear aligners, and other orthodontic appliances are possible options. 

Are adult braces right for you? Here’s what you need to know about braces to determine if they are the best orthodontic treatment option for you. 

What Are Braces? 

Braces consist of brackets, which are small square-shaped pieces that attach to the front of each tooth. The brackets are connected by an archwire that is used to push and pull the teeth into proper alignment. Braces treatment will sometimes include rubber bands and other devices to shift the teeth. 

Types of Braces

There are two main types of braces: 

  • Metal braces. Metal braces are made of stainless steel or metal alloys that are durable and resistant to corrosion. 
  • Clear braces. Clear braces include brackets that are made of ceramic that blends in with your teeth. The archwire is still made of metal in most cases. 

Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment for Adults

Whether you never had braces when you were younger or your teeth have relapsed after orthodontic treatment, there are many benefits of orthodontic treatment for adults, such as: 

  • Cosmetic improvements. Many adults choose to get orthodontic treatment to straighten their teeth and improve their smile. 
  • Dental health. Teeth that are crowded together or large gaps between teeth can make it more difficult to clean them effectively. Orthodontic treatment can make it easier to maintain your dental health. 

Alternative Orthodontic Treatments 

One possible alternative to braces is clear aligners. The treatment involves wearing a series of clear plastic retainer-like trays over your teeth that gradually shift the teeth into the proper position. The aligners are very nearly invisible, allowing you to straighten your teeth discreetly. The smooth plastic is comfortable and they are conveniently removable for eating and cleaning your teeth. 

Choosing Your Orthodontic Treatment 

In order to determine which orthodontic treatment is right for you, an orthodontic evaluation is needed to assess the current position of your teeth and determine what adjustments need to be made for them to be in proper alignment. 

If you would prefer a more discreet treatment, clear aligners may be an option. However, not everyone is a good candidate. Clear aligners are designed to treat mild to moderate orthodontic cases. If your teeth need significant adjustments, braces may be the best treatment option for you. 

Where To Go For Adult Orthodontics?

Dr. Suzanne Stock provides orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages, including adults. Our practice is designed to accommodate adults as well as children and teens. We welcome all patients who are interested in improving their smile. 

Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Adult Braces

Do adult braces cost more than braces for children and teens?

Adults may have a slightly higher cost estimate for braces than children or teens. This is because treatment typically takes longer, as it is more difficult to shift adult teeth.

How long does it take to straighten teeth with adult braces? 

The length of your treatment will be determined by a variety of factors, but primarily by the extent of the adjustments needed to achieve proper alignment of the teeth and bite.