Should I Get Braces as an Adult?

Orthodontic treatment with braces isn’t just for teenagers, as common perception may have it. Nearly 20 percent of people wearing braces today are adults. Orthodontic treatment for adults can be highly effective in treating malocclusions (the misalignment of the upper and lower teeth). Dr. Thomas Lien, Dr. Mani Alikhani and the team at the House of Orthodontia specializes in adult orthodontics in the living are of Cobble Hill. It’s never too late in life to improve your smile and dental health.

Why do I need braces as an adult?

If you had braces as a kid and you find that you need them again as an adult, that’s because our teeth shift as we get older. Different teeth may grow at different rates than others, too. They can change positions over time through natural growth, injury, or tongue thrust (a condition where the tongue projects through the front teeth during speech, swallowing, or when the tongue is at rest). The House of Orthodontia now recommends that patients wear a retainer for a much longer period of time than was previously prescribed to prevent tooth movement post treatment. So even if you were a model patient as a kid, you may need them again.

Treatment Options

There are many orthodontic treatment options available for adults. Some adult patients choose treatment with traditional metal braces, but this method isn’t as common as it used to be. Ceramic braces are popular because they are clear or tooth-colored, with a clear wire to bind them. However, they may stain easily if not taken care of. Lingual braces are affixed to the back surfaces of the teeth, thus hiding them from view. But they are more costly than other available options. Clear aligner systems like Invisalign are clear plastic trays that are practically invisible and are removable by the wearer for brushing, flossing, and eating.

Costs

Each prospective adult patient will require a course of treatment that is unique to their needs and their treatment goals. Dr. Lien and Dr. Mani Alikhani will consult with every patient to develop a course of treatment, a schedule, and a budget that is right for them.

The cost of braces depends on how much work needs to be done, the specific type of treatment planned, your insurance plan provisions, and the schedule of payments. Most insurance companies don’t cover braces for orthodontic patients over the age of 18. Be sure to check with your insurance provider to determine if your plan covers the type of treatment you’re choosing.


Dr. Alikhani, Dr. Lien, and the team at House of Orthodontia are experts in Braces. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Cobble Hill, NY, Brooklyn Heights, NY, Boerum Hill, NY, East Village, NY or the 11201 zip code area, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Alikhani or Dr. Lien contact House of Orthodontia at: (718) 852-4414