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Orthodontics For Adults: Treatment & Benefits

Posted in Orthodontics

It's becoming more common for adults to decide to undergo orthodontic treatment for both aesthetic reasons and to improve their oral health. Our team in BC describes treatment options for adults undergoing orthodontic treatment. 

Reasons to Straighten Your Teeth

Misalignment of teeth can lead to numerous oral health issues. The jaw may not function properly, and uneven tooth wear and speech impairment may result. 

Teeth that are not correctly aligned can also negatively impact oral hygiene. When teeth are correctly aligned, it's rather simple to keep them clean with regular brushing and flossing routines. Food debris and germs may linger on the teeth when there is a misalignment and the teeth overlap. Brushing and flossing may not reach these areas as easily, which can lead to gum and tooth decay. 

Aside from children, adults sometimes experience anxieties as a result of their teeth's misalignment. They might avoid speaking openly, eating in public or taking photographs if they are uncomfortable doing so. 

For all these reasons, undergoing orthodontic treatment as an adult can be advantageous. 

Low-Profile Orthodontic Options for Adults

Adults may not seek orthodontic treatment because they are concerned about the aesthetics of braces. Fortunately, though, dental technology has come a long way, and there are many discreet treatment options for adult patients to choose from.

Clear Aligners

Clear, custom-made plastic aligners are almost indiscernible when worn over the teeth. Over the course of treatment, they move the teeth into the desired positions with gentle, constant pressure.

Patients may eat, drink, clean and floss their teeth as they usually would while using clear aligners, which are also detachable.

For adult patients, clear aligners are an appealing orthodontic treatment choice because of their transparency.


Our BC office offers many different types of braces for the adult patient, including:

Lingual Braces

Unless the patient opens his or her mouth wide, it is difficult to see the braces since they are put on the "back" of the teeth (the side that faces the patient's mouth).

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces feature brackets that are composed of a tooth-coloured ceramic material that is meant to fit in with the patient's natural teeth. Despite the fact that the ceramic brackets are somewhat bigger than typical metal brackets, they should be far less obvious when they are worn.

Self Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces include fewer brackets and do not require the use of elastic or metal ties, offering patients another low-profile alternative that is suitable for adults who are worried about their appearance.

Which treatment option is right for you?

Your orthodontist should review the advantages and disadvantages of each orthodontic treatment option with you, and will assist you in determining which option is the most appropriate for your dental health requirements and way of life.

If you're an adult who is considering orthodontic treatment, we encourage you to contact our BC office to discuss your treatment options.

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