Adult Orthodontics: What Are Your Options?

Young,Woman,In,Braces Adult orthodontics opens the door to a healthier smile at any age. There are many devices and treatments that can improve your bite, smile, and self-confidence.

Why Do Adults Need Orthodontic Dentistry?

Although many people associate orthodontic dentistry with childhood, this is a misconception. In reality, kids, teens, and adults can all suffer from the same kinds of dental problems, including crowded, irregular, or protruding teeth.

Adults can also experience shifting in their teeth, leading to the need for orthodontic care. Furthermore, persistent jaw pain may also be a sign that orthodontics is a good treatment — even if you’re well past your teens.

Common Orthodontics Options for Adults

The type of orthodontic treatment you receive will depend on your oral health and personal preferences:


These treatments use plastic aligners to straighten your teeth, and Invisalign® is the most widely used brand. The aligners are transparent, so they’re largely unnoticeable, and they come in sets. You’ll progress through different aligner trays to slowly move your teeth.

You don’t have to wear aligners all the time. You’ll take them out when you brush your teeth or eat. With that said, they’re more effective the longer you leave them in.


Braces also shift your teeth gradually. Unlike aligner systems, they’re attached more permanently using a special cement that secures brackets to your teeth.

If you’re concerned about how braces look, you can opt for lingual mounts that attach to the rear of your teeth. These hidden styles may be more expensive.

Braces can be self-ligating, meaning they use wires to move your teeth. Other systems do the job with elastic bands.

Aligners vs. Braces

Aligners and braces are both effective orthodontic solutions. In addition to the differences mentioned above, braces are more appropriate for severe issues.

Aligner treatments are also shorter, taking about six months to a year compared to two years for braces. You’ll also need more in-person appointments with braces and may experience increased discomfort.

Choose the Right Adult Orthodontics Options With Help From Advanced Orthodontic Care

Orthodontic treatments can be a big commitment, but the results are worth the journey. Learn more about getting a healthier smile. Talk to Dr. Robert Rudman and Dr. Jeff Birg of Advanced Orthodontic Care in Denver, CO, by booking a consultation online or calling 303-331-0222.

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