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Adult Braces Information - Benefits of Adult Orthodontics

Updated on June 3, 2010

Adult With Braces

An adult male showing off his braces.  They are barely noticeable!  (Click for a larger image)
An adult male showing off his braces. They are barely noticeable! (Click for a larger image)

Reasons to Get Adult Braces - Adult Orthodontics Are Not Your Kid's Braces

Apprehensive about your smile? Worried about a few crooked teeth ruining your pictures and hampering relationships? Well it doesn't have to be that way. Your adult dental problems can be fixed by the magic of adult orthodontics! "Adult orthodontics, you say? Aren't braces for kids?!" The answer is a resounding no. Plenty of adults opt for braces to improve their smile and general appearance. From celebrities to your average Joe, adult orthodontics are becoming more and more common. According to USAToday, over a million adults wear braces, so trust me, you are not alone.

But Won't Adult Braces Make Me Look Like a Teenager?

Not necessarily.  Orthodontics have improved by leaps and bounds in the last 30 years.  The braces of the 21st century are a far cry from the metal monstrosities you wore as a kid.  There are a variety of materials your orthodontist can use to construct your adult braces, from ceramics to the very popular Invisalign brand of clear aligners, there is an adult orthodontic piece out there for your individual needs and budget!

Types of Adult Orthodontics Available

Adult Clear Aligners

Clear aligners, such as those produced by Invisalign, are completely transparent plastic orthodontic appliances that conform to your top and bottom arches. The clear and An adult will typically go through 20-30 sets of clear aligners before their teeth are properly straightened.

Price of Clear Aligners for Adults:

$4,000 - $7,000 depending on city

Adult Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are very similar to metal adult braces, but they differ in one key fact. Ceramic braces have tooth-colored brackets which blend in with your teeth. This makes the braces less noticeable and it conceals them quite well. Ceramic braces are usually more expensive than metal braces, and your dentist might not use them if your orthodontic problems are too severe.

Price of Ceramic Braces for Adults:

$3,500- $6,000 depending on city

Adult Lingual Braces

Lingual braces go behind the teeth, and are thus concealed from plain sight. This makes them highly sought after by adults embarassed about wearing an adult orthodontic appliance. Lingual braces are typically made of stainless steel crafted to adhere to the backs of ones teeth. Some difficulties arise with lingual braces, however. These braces can make it hard to talk, due to interference with the tongue, and they are also more difficult for the orthodontist. Orthodontists need special training to work with lingual braces, and not all will provide them.

Price of Hidden Lingual Braces for Adults:

$8,000 - $11,000+ depending on city

Where to Find Braces for Adults

Braces for adults can be administered by any practicing orthodontist.  Check out Braces.org for an online orthodontist locator!  All orthodontists listed in this tool are members of the American Association of Orthodontists and are highly trained to provide the best adult orthodontic care possible.


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