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. The American Association of Orthodontists Recommends Treatment for Adults, in Conjunction with Regular Dental Care.

Correction of orthodontic problems are important to adult health because it:

  • Can help prevent or improve periodontal problems
  • Can help prevent or reduce further bone loss around teeth
  • Improves ability of the dentist to restore missing teeth
  • Improves esthetics for a better smile and facial appearance
  • Improves function of teeth
  • Improves self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Improves oral health

Does Adult Treatment Take Longer

Adults can experience the same results as children and teens in terms of achieving a beautiful, straight smile.  Treatment times are generally the same as children.  While movement may be slower due to an adults bone being fully formed, better patient cooperation usually offsets any additional time that may be needed.

Prior to Treatment

Before beginning orthodontic treatment, Dr. Ziaja recommends that any oral health issues such as tooth decay and gum disease be addressed prior to orthodontic treatment.

Types of Orthodontic Issues to Look For

Please view the photos below for some of the issues that may be present which will benefit from orthodontic treatment.

Types of Braces for Adults

The types of braces are the same for adults and children  Options include traditional metal braces, clear or tooth-colored ceramic braces, or Invisalign® clear aligners, which are barely visible when you smile.

We welcome patients of all ages in our orthodontic practice. Give Dr. Ziaja a call at 586-247-6453 or our contact us page for more information on how we can transform your smile and CREATE THE MAGIC OF YOUR SMILE!

Adult Experiences with Orthodontic Treatment: Erin B. from American Assoc. of Orthodontists on Vimeo.