Can Adults Get Braces Too?

Usually, when people hear the word “braces,” they associate it with kids and teenagers. In fact, one of the most common questions we receive is: “Can adults get braces too?” And the answer is absolute; it’s never too late! Here at Doctor Smiles Orthodontics, we offer a wide range of dental and orthodontic treatments for patients of all ages in Tucson, AZ and the surrounding communities.

The reality is, braces have become so mainstream that now nearly 20% of braces wearers are adults. This is due to the fact that teeth straightening options have advanced and expanded – and because healthy teeth are capable of shifting at any age. Furthermore, since the alignment of your teeth isn’t simply important for cosmetic reasons—it’s linked to your overall dental health—you are truly never “too old” for braces. Orthodontic treatment options are an investment into a healthy future at all stages of life.

What are the Orthodontic Treatment Options for Adults?
We recognize that different patients will have different dental needs depending on their varying lifestyles. Therefore, we at Doctor Smiles Orthodontics are proud to offer an array of adult orthodontic treatment options that are all uniquely capable of reinvigorating your smile. You’re able to choose between:

Metal Braces:
The most popular teeth-straightening, bite-correcting orthodontic option out there continues to be metal braces. Over the years, these classic braces have evolved to become smaller, increasingly efficient, and more comfortable than ever before.

Clear Braces:
Clear braces function the same fundamental way as metal braces—the only distinction is they offer an aesthetic benefit due to their translucent (clear) appearance. Sometimes referred to as “ceramic braces,” Clear braces are constructed from a hard ceramic material that will not stain or discolor. Overall, they’re equally as efficient as metal braces, but with an added bonus of blending into your smile with greater ease.

Lingual Braces:
These braces are more discreet than metal braces. Lingual braces attach to the tongue side of the teeth and are custom fit to your mouth. Since the braces are attached to the back side of your teeth, you are unable to see the metal wires and brackets.

The newest teeth-straightening technique on the market, Invisalign utilizes a series of clear trays called aligners that are formed to custom fit your mouth and adjust the placement of your teeth – no brackets or wires required. Another benefit of choosing Invisalign is that your aligners are removable, so there are virtually no food restrictions. You can easily maintain good oral hygiene, and you can even sparingly remove the aligners for important events.

For more information on Invisalign, please see our Invisalign FAQ page.

Schedule a Consultation with Doctor Smiles Orthodontics Today!
Do any of these treatment options sound like the right choice for you? If you feel ready to explore the orthodontic magic of braces or Invisalign, or simply have questions you’re interested in asking, feel free to call us at (520) 201-7311 for our Tucson, AZ office. You’re also welcome to visit our request an appointment page online. We hope to hear from you soon!