Which Type of Braces for Adults Should I Consider?

Posted on: March 16, 2018

Are you wondering which type of braces for adults is right for you? If so, the best way to find out is to visit our office for an examination and consultation. During that time, we can make a determination regarding the current position of each one of your teeth and how much movement will be required to place them in the correct spot.

Simultaneously, we will be evaluating how the jaw comes together when resting and when biting to determine if it is out of alignment and what is necessary to bring it into the proper alignment. It is impossible to determine what exactly will be necessary to straighten the teeth until after completing the exam. However, it is important to have some background information prior to scheduling an appointment.

There is more than one type of braces for adults

Before coming in, we recommend that patients have some basic information regarding the types of braces that may be available to them. These include the following:

Clear aligners

Many of our adult patients choose to straighten their teeth using the newest orthodontic solution, clear aligners. These aligners look like a clear retainer and surround the teeth. Clear aligners place pressure on the teeth and require the patient to wear them in a series with each one moving teeth that much closer to their final position.

Patients can switch out the aligners for the next one in the set at home. Thus, clear aligners are incredibly convenient for adults who need to travel for work or have busy schedules. It will still be necessary to visit our office occasionally to ensure that everything is progressing properly.

However, there are fewer visits than with traditional braces. One of the biggest benefits of this treatment is that the aligners are removable which makes it possible to enjoy foods like normal without worrying about things becoming stuck in between brackets.

Traditional and ceramic braces

Both traditional metal and ceramic braces function the same way. Brackets are bonded to the surface of the teeth with a wire threaded between them and secured in place using rubber bands. The difference between the two is that ceramic braces are tooth colored and use a tooth-colored wire so that they blend in with the natural teeth, unlike traditional metal braces.

With both, the wires will need to be adjusted or replaced on a regular basis to ensure that teeth can continue to move towards their final position. Also, if the jaw needs to be adjusted, it may be easier to do so using these types of braces.


Patients who are looking for a quick fix will not find it with orthodontics because it is important that the process take a natural course. Trying to immediately straighten teeth would simply cause damage to the teeth and the roots. An effective way to speed up the process is to follow all directions and to keep all scheduled appointments. Then, the process for straightening teeth will take anywhere from 1 to 2 years on average.


People that have a serious jaw abnormality may find that is beneficial to have jaw surgery. People can sometimes receive surgery in conjunction with wearing braces. In this case, it may be possible to speed up the movement of the jaw, although braces will still be necessary for moving teeth into the correct position.

Schedule a consultation

To discuss wearing braces for adults and learn more about the available options, schedule a consultation with our office. At that time, we can complete a thorough examination and discuss which option we feel would be the most effective for improving the appearance and health of your smile.

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