Braces for Adults

A member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the World Federation of Orthodontists, Dr. Allen Garai has improved thousands of smiles over his 15-plus years in the profession. Dr. Garai explains how braces can be different for adults considering orthodontic treatments.

Often, adults will mistakenly think that if they did not have braces as a child, that they can never correct their dental misalignments. This is untrue, and there are a number of options available to adults, including “invisible” options, such as lingual braces or Invisalign, to eliminate the embarrassment of an adult wearing braces that are typically seen on adolescents.

Braces in young people work well because the bones in their faces and jaws are still growing and can handle the pressure of corrections more easily. In adults, the jaw bones and muscles are already set, so the treatments tend to take longer and can be more painful. However, orthodontists understand this difference and thus administer treatments slower to give adult muscles and bones time to adjust correctly. Adults might feel that their teeth are loose, but this is common as teeth filaments loosen to move during correction.