There is an old myth that braces are just for teens. But, that perception is changing, and more adults are considering teeth alignment services. If you are an adult with crooked teeth, you can consider clear braces or aligners to correct your smile.

According to the American Association of Orthodontics, one in four orthodontic patients is an adult.

We have been in the business of straightening teeth for 20 years, and we are seeing more adults than ever before. People realize that their teeth are an investment, and they want to improve their smile with straighter teeth. There are several reasons our adult patients want straighter teeth:

  • To be seen as more professional at work.
  • Candid pictures and videos they feel proud of
  • Making it easier to keep teeth clean
  • Self-confidence when they look in the mirror
  • Bite accuracy and jaw function (reducing pain from eating)

Probably the biggest reason we see adults pursuing braces is cosmetic. People just feel bothered by their teeth, and they are ready to be proud of their smiles. There is a misconception that they’ve “missed their chance” for braces at a certain age. The truth is: adults get braces too.

If you are thinking of braces as the pre-teen mouth full of metal, you may not know all your options. Braces today can be nearly invisible or even removable.

Am I too old for braces?

NEVER! The process that takes about a year or two to straighten your teeth will give you years of confidence in return. Straightening your teeth is a major improvement that will feel better and look better for the rest of your life. Some people wonder if teeth straightening gets harder with age, but it really doesn’t!

While some may feel embarrassed to get braces as an adult, they often feel the straight smile afterward is worth the inconvenience. There are also options for clear braces that are less visually obtrusive and clear alignment trays that are removable. Talk to us today about your options for a straighter smile!

Why should adults get braces?

Just like with teens, braces give you more self-confidence and a smile you will love. Plus, braces will make it easier to keep your teeth clean and avoid unnecessary dental procedures (like fillings or caps) in the future.

Crooked teeth are often harder to keep clean and can cause decay and gum disease. A mismatched bite can even cause pain when eating because of how the impact can affect your jaw. The older you are, the more your teeth are prone to damage and breaking. A crooked bite may put too much pressure on certain teeth, causing a higher risk for tooth damage.

How much do braces cost?

Every patient is different and it is important to create a plan that is just right for you. The cost of your treatment will depend on this custom treatment plan and will vary depending on the length of time and complexity. We can tell you the exact amount once we have seen you for your initial exam and consultation. We offer an array of payment options, family and professional discounts, and flexible financing. It is our goal to remove any and all barriers so you can achieve a beautiful healthy smile.

How long do I need to wear braces?

In most cases, you will only need to wear your braces a year or two. Of course, this heavily depends on how severe your oral condition is. During this time, you will need to brush your teeth more often and make it to checkups every month or so to ensure everything is shifting well. After your teeth are straightened, you will likely need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth from shifting back.

What type of braces should I get?

If the thought of metal braces makes you cringe, you may be excited to find that today’s orthodontic offices have more options. At Wilson Ortho, you will most likely have at least a few different options for straightening your teeth. We offer Invisalign® and clear braces for adults that aren’t crazy about the idea of traditional metal braces.

Adult Braces in Sherwood and Newberg, Oregon

Our experienced team is here for you with flexible hours and payment plans. Get your FREE consultation just to find out exactly what your options are, how much it will cost, and how long you will need to follow the treatment for straight teeth from Wilson Ortho. We can even give you a visual simulation of what your teeth will look like once they are fully straightened and adjusted.

Your beautiful smile deserves to be on display! Talk to us about how we can help you achieve the healthiest smile possible.