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Orthodontics for Adults : Adult Braces

Aug 8, 2022

Orthodontics for Adults

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Braces for adults too – Not Just Kids

Don’t let age hold you back from a confident smile. Teeth can shift throughout life, impacting both oral health and self-esteem. At Great Smiles, we offer adult orthodontics to address these concerns, whether cosmetic or functional.

Modern treatments make achieving a straighter smile easier than ever. Choose from clear aligners or invisible braces that fit seamlessly into your adult lifestyle.

Thinking braces are just for kids? Think again! More and more adults are choosing to straighten their smiles with adult braces. While you might have envisioned yourself with metal brackets in your teenage years, modern adult braces offer a variety of discreet and comfortable options. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of adult braces, address common concerns, and show you how to achieve the confident smile you’ve always dreamed of – no matter your age.


What are adult braces?

Unlike the metal braces of childhood, adult braces offer a range of discreet and comfortable options designed for your busy lifestyle. These address the common concerns adults have about orthodontic treatment.

What are braces in general?

Dental braces are devices used to gradually apply gentle pressure on your teeth, slowly shifting them into a more optimal position. This improves not only the aesthetics of your smile but also the function of your teeth, making it easier to bite, chew, and speak.

Adult-Specific Options:

Now, back to those amazing adult braces! Here are some of the popular choices:

  • Clear aligners: Nearly invisible trays that gradually shift your teeth into place.
  • Ceramic braces: Similar to traditional braces but with tooth-colored brackets for a less noticeable look.
  • Lingual braces: Braces placed behind your teeth, completely hidden from view.

These options allow you to achieve a straighter smile without sacrificing aesthetics or comfort.

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Do I Need Orthodontic Treatment?

While a beautiful smile is a great benefit, adult braces offer more than just cosmetic improvements. Here’s how orthodontic treatment can address functional concerns you might not even realize:

  • Improved Bite Function: Misaligned teeth can make chewing difficult and inefficient. Braces can correct bite issues, leading to better chewing and potentially reducing stress on your jaw joint.
  • Enhanced Speech Clarity: Certain teeth misalignments can affect speech patterns. Braces can help improve your speech clarity and pronunciation.
  • Easier Oral Hygiene: Straight teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Reduced Jaw Pain: Misaligned bites can contribute to jaw pain and headaches. Braces can help alleviate these issues.
  • Boosted Confidence: Finally, a straighter smile can significantly improve your confidence and self-esteem.

If you experience any of these concerns, scheduling a consultation with an orthodontist can help determine if adult braces are right for you.

Our experts answers your questions on adult braces

Who Should Get Braces?

Wondering if adult braces are right for you? Here’s a quick guide:

Good candidates for braces might have:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbites, underbites, or crossbites
  • Speech difficulties due to misaligned teeth

Hold off on braces for now if you have:

  • Untreated cavities
  • Gum disease
  • Planned dental implants (talk to your dentist first)

The best way to know for sure? Schedule a consultation with a Great Smiles orthodontist! They’ll examine your smile and discuss your options for achieving a straighter, healthier smile.

Should you choose clear aligners or invisalign?

While both clear aligners and Invisalign are great options for straightening teeth, there is a key distinction:

  • Clear Aligners: This is a general term for any removable aligner system used for orthodontic treatment. There are many brands besides Invisalign that offer clear aligner treatment.

  • Invisalign: This is a specific brand of clear aligners manufactured by Align Technology. It’s a very popular brand known for its effectiveness and innovation.

Here’s a quick comparison to help you decide:


  • Pros: Widely recognized brand with a proven track record, may offer more customization for complex cases.
  • Cons: Might be more expensive than some generic clear aligner options.

Clear Aligners (other brands)

  • Pros: Can potentially be more affordable than Invisalign.
  • Cons: May not have the same level of brand recognition or customization options as Invisalign.

Here’s what Great Smiles recommends:

We offer consultations with our experienced orthodontists to assess your individual needs and recommend the best clear aligner option for you, considering factors like budget and complexity of your case. Schedule a consultation today to discuss your smile goals!

How Long Do Braces Take to Work?

Adult braces typically take 1.5 to 2 years to achieve a straighter smile. However, complex cases can take up to 3 years.

For a more precise estimate, schedule a consultation with a Great Smiles orthodontist! They’ll assess your individual needs and create a personalized treatment plan with a specific timeline.

Our Treatment Options

When you’re an adult, every day is a busy day. We want your time in the patient’s chair and your time during treatment to be as stress-free as possible. Our focus is to bring you options that will fit your lifestyle, match your unique needs, and keep you feeling confident from start to finish.


If you want orthodontics on the down-low, Invisalign is the smile solution you need. These removable aligners are pain-free, virtually invisible, and comfortable as ever! Don’t shake up your routine or throw out your favorite snacks – Invisalign makes treatment feel like a breeze.

Clear Braces

Sure, we have traditional braces – but you may not want all that metal hanging out while you’re transforming your smile! Clear braces are the go-to for our adult patients who want to feel inspired during and after treatment. Customize your look or keep it low-profile with tooth-colored wires and elastics.


To keep your smile looking its best, your retainer will be your lifelong friend. We have a variety of retainers available to fit your needs and keep teeth straight after your orthodontic treatment is complete, including clear and lingual-bonded retainers.

Affording the Best Care

Finances should never stand in the way of getting your child or teen the best dental care in town. We want to make sure that you’re relaxed, not worried, when you visit us. Work with our team to find the best way to fit great dental care into your budget, with awesome payment options, maximized insurance benefits, and affordable solutions at every step.

Patient Reviews

"Great Smiles has been so easy to work with. Anyone who has a child or teen needing some help getting their teeth in order Great Smiles is a great place. They have really helped guide us in this adventure!" 

- Triple J Farm NC

"My kids love going to Great Smiles!  The whole staff is so friendly, loving, and patient with children. They fit us in when my daughter had an emergency cavity that our family dentist couldn’t address, and we had such a great experience that we moved our kids over to their practice for all of their dental care. Highly recommend!” 

- Sally

I’m an adult patient and have never had braces before! Great Smiles is excellent! High end technology, great kind staff and super super efficient. If you have put off getting braces…don’t. This place is very good at what they do! " 

- Tom C.

"Every aspect of my journey with them was exceptional! Truly. I was impressed with the practice at my first visit - their professionalism, knowledge, kindness…. But I leave their care even more amazed that they consistently delivered the highest level of service I have ever experienced in any medical practice. As a doctor, myself, that means a lot. Every visit I left their office feeling nurtured and grateful I had chosen Great Smiles to handle my orthodontic needs. The results of my treatment also far exceeded my expectations!” 

- Dr. Laura F.

"I started to have several issues with my teeth in my 50s and did not want traditional braces but with Invisalign I could get the results looking for without the hassle of braces. My experience at Great Smiles has been seamless, extremely helpful staff and Orthodontist exceeded my expectations and I am not even at the end of my journey. I would highly recommend this practice!" 

- Donna H. 

“The staff were cheerful and professional during every interaction. My daughter not only felt comfortable going, but EXCITED to go. We have made the decision to start coming here permanently. They genuinely care about the kiddos they see and you can tell. 

- Crystal

“Great Smiles is an amazing pediatric dentist practice. My three kids have grown up under the care of their doctors. It is so helpful to have multiple kids' appointments at one visit. We've enjoyed the consistency of having the same staff involved in their care over the years (cleanings, etc.). They are so caring. I highly recommend this practice.”

- Lisa

"It’s been five months, my teeth ARE STRAIGHT! And the care is amazing. Very thorough, courteous, and took their time answering a ton of questions. Highly recommend." 

- Rebecca R.

"My daughter needed braces and they were so accommodating. Super thankful for an orthodontist that is local and their staff is always so nice. They make it a priority to take their time to listen to any concerns. Just a wonderful experience all around. Definitely recommend to anyone who is looking to take their child for braces!" 

- Crystal J.

“Everyone at Great Smiles is great. They are always accommodating. The doctors are awesome and provides great detail when speaking with you. They were able to relieve my daughter’s anxiety as she had a chip in her tooth. She had the biggest smile when she walked out to see me. Thank you for the care you take with your patients.”

- Carol

“The best place to bring your kids!!! My 6 year old had a meltdown because only big sis had an appointment one day. So the hygienist brought my 6-year-old tableside so she could watch her sister's teeth getting cleaned. Everyone is sooo patient and kind. They really do care about your child's overall experience at the dentist. My kids have grown up in this practice and have absolutely no fear of the dentist or anything that happens at the dental office. Their manner is amazing. All the hygienists are super sweet, gentle and kind.

- Amy