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, When Appropriate, in Conjunction with Regular Dental Care.

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, 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

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 for more information on how we can transform your smile!