Adults and Braces
About Adults and Braces
Braces aren’t just for kids anymore. In fact, one in five orthodontic patients is over 21. With the invention of more discreet orthodontic appliances such as clear braces and aligners, adults feel comfortable stepping out in public during all phases of treatment.
Special Considerations for Adults
While adults can experience the same results as children and teens in terms of achieving a beautiful, straight smile, the treatment might take longer. This is due to several factors. Because the jawbone in an adult is fully formed, it is somewhat less receptive to orthodontic treatment. Adults may have other issues that require consultations with other dentists (e.g. periodontist (gum tissue specialist), oral surgeon, or their general dentist) to create a unique, comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment plan.
Prior to Treatment
Before beginning orthodontic treatment, we will check first to see what underlying misalignment issues exist, and we will also check for pre-existing dental problems. We recommend that any oral health issues such as tooth decay and gum disease be remedied prior to orthodontic treatment.
Types of Braces for Adults
While traditional metal braces are sometimes used for adults, our patients typically choose a more discreet, convenient orthodontic method. Options include clear or tooth-colored ceramic braces or Invisalign® clear aligners.
We welcome patients of all ages in our orthodontic practice. Give us a call (860-354-6006) for more information on how we can transform your smile!