Orthodontic Treatment for Adults

Orthodontic Treatment for Adults

Straight teeth aren’t just beautiful. They’re also more functional and typically healthier than crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth. Teeth that are improperly aligned are more prone to chipping or injury and more likely to result in jawbone problems or migraines.  Crooked teeth are harder to clean, leading to a higher likelihood of tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental issues.  Fortunately, modern orthodontic technology can completely transform smiles, shifting teeth to their proper positions and optimizing their function and appearance. 

And if you think orthodontic treatment is just for kids, think again! Adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment, too. Read on for more information about orthodontic treatment for adults. 


Why some adults need orthodontic treatment

Adults need orthodontic treatment for some of the same reasons children do. Bite problems can occur at any age. An adult in need of orthodontic care may have been living with bite problems since childhood. Worn or missing teeth in adulthood can cause the previously straight teeth to shift, resulting in a need for orthodontic treatment. In general, orthodontic treatment is needed in cases of:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Protruding front teeth
  • Open bite (upper and lower teeth do not touch when the mouth is closed)

The main difference between orthodontics for adults and orthodontics for children is that children’s jawbones are still developing. The maturity and density of adult bone may affect the treatment time or require a different type of orthodontic treatment to make a similar correction.  


Types of orthodontic treatment for adults

When most people think of orthodontic treatment, metal braces are the first thing that comes to mind. While metal braces are an effective option for correcting a wide range of orthodontic issues, there are other options as well. Choosing the right orthodontic treatment for you will depend on the scope of your treatment, your budget, and your aesthetic preferences. Orthodontic treatment for adults includes:

  • Metal braces – one of the most affordable and highly effective orthodontic treatments
  • Ceramic braces – clear or tooth-colored braces for more discretion
  • Invisalign – removable aligner trays make it easier to eat and brush but do require more discipline
  • Lingual braces – similar to conventional braces, but placed on the tongue-side of the teeth


Some types of braces are better suited for certain corrections than others. For example, Invisalign is best for minor alignment issues, while metal and ceramic braces are used when more complex orthodontic treatment is required. 

When you come to Smile Designers, you’ll receive a thorough evaluation of your teeth, your bite, and your bone in order to determine the best orthodontic treatment plan for you. 


Benefits of orthodontic treatment in adulthood

Self-care is important at any age, and taking care of your teeth is an important component of taking care of yourself.  The benefits of orthodontic treatment in adulthood include:

  • A more beautiful and confident smile – No more need to hide your crooked teeth
  • Improved oral health – Straighter teeth are less prone to decay and other dental concerns
  • Reduced risk of gum disease – Straighter teeth are easier to clean
  • Decreased likelihood of chipped teeth – A proper bite reduces the wear and tear of your teeth


A strong, healthy smile is more than just beautiful. It can improve your quality of life. The more confident your smile, the more attractive you are to others, which can impact your career, relationships, and your self-esteem. You deserve to look and feel your best, and orthodontic treatment may be able to help get you there. 


Considering adult orthodontics? Visit Our San Diego Office

At Smile Designers in San Diego, we’re committed to helping people of all ages improve their smile and optimize their oral health. If you’re considering adult orthodontic treatment, we’re here for you. Give us a call at (619) 330-0015 and let us give you something to smile about.