Adult Orthodontics

With today’s technology, orthodontic treatment is easier than ever to integrate into an adult’s professional life. To correct an overbite or underbite or some other issue with the mouth or jaw, orthodontic care is important for adults.

Consider orthodontic treatment for the following reasons:

  • Have a confident, beautiful smile

  • Avoid gum and bone loss, cavities, and tooth loss

  • Correct jaw pain (TMJ/TMD)

  • Avoid abnormal dental wear

Adults Orthodontic Treatment Options

Adult braces are becoming more and more popular now that innovations like clear and invisible braces are available.
We provide custom orthodontic treatment techniques to straighten teeth and align the jaws for the perfect smile.

Different types of braces include:

  • Traditional metal braces

  • Clear braces

  • Ceramic braces

  • Self-ligating braces

  • Lingual (behind the tooth) braces

  • Invisible braces

Teen Orthodontics

The most common time for orthodontic treatment is the teenage years between the ages of 12 and 16.
Teens who need orthodontic treatment will typically have many questions and concerns about how this will impact their daily lives. The most common question is, ”How long will I need to wear braces or Invisalign?”

Treatment duration will vary significantly based on the different needs of patients and other variables such as:

  • Which problems are being corrected – Depending on the position of your teeth and how serious the problem is, your treatment could take anywhere from 12-24 months. Keep in mind that everyone is different, and some just need a bit longer.

  • Treatment in the past – Some teens have already had Phase One orthodontic treatment when they were young. If that’s you, then you’ll have a bit of a head start!

  • How you care for your braces and teeth during treatment – This can make a tremendous difference in the duration of your treatment. If you follow the care instructions given by your orthodontist for your braces and orthodontic appliances, you can reduce your treatment period.


The different types of braces that may be options for your orthodontic treatment include:

  • Traditional metal braces

  • Invisible braces

  • Ceramic braces

  • Lingual braces

For Children

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children visit an orthodontist by age seven. At this age, the first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in and crossbites, crowding, and other concerns can be evaluated.

During early treatment, your orthodontist can monitor your child for:

  • Thumb, pacifier, or other oral habit

  • Crowded or misplaced teeth

  • Difficulty chewing or eating

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth

  • Mouth breathing

  • Jaw that is not proportionate to the rest of the face

  • Teeth that come together abnormally

  • Jaw that pops or makes sounds when opening and closing

Orthodontists treat kids for many problems like:

  • Crowded or overlapping teeth

  • Problems with jaw growth and tooth development

  • Losing baby teeth too early/late

  • Habits like thumb sucking

  • Difficulty in chewing or biting

  • Shifting of the jaw when your child opens or closes the mouth (crossbites)

  • Teeth that don’t come together in a normal manner or even at all

  • Mouth breathing, teeth grinding

The Difference Between Adult Orthodontics and Orthodontics for Children/Teens

There are not many differences between orthodontics for adults and children. In children and teens, the jawbones are still developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing, which may mean the possibility of orthognathic surgery, in which the jawbones are surgically aligned. Other differences include:

  • Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease)— Adults are more likely than children to experience gum recession or even bone loss due to gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease. Patients with straighter teeth are less likely to get gum disease.

  • Worn or missing teeth — Over time, teeth can become worn down and shift into different positions that can only be corrected with orthodontic care. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift and tilt, creating a bad bite and increasing the possibility of gum disease.

  • Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen — Many adults received some orthodontic treatment as a child or teen, but never completed their treatment. As an adult, they choose to complete their orthodontic treatment to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile they have always wanted.

Why Consider Orthodontic Treatment?

  • Straighten the teeth and move them into a better position – Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and may help prevent other health problems.

  • Create a more attractive smile for improved self-esteem – Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back!

  • Create a better bite to reduce wear and tear – Orthodontic treatment is used to improve the appearance, position, and function of crooked or abnormally arranged teeth.

To understand more about adult orthodontics, call one of our offices or schedule an appointment today.

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