How adults can benefit from modern orthodontics?

Dr. Hoss Abar

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It's normal to see children in school wearing braces since many people's teeth don't grow straight. However, did you know that adults can also wear braces? In fact, over a million adults now have braces, and this number continues to increase.  

Adults can significantly benefit from modern orthodontic treatments for various reasons. In the past, orthodontic treatment was often thought of as a treatment for children and teens. However, with advancements in orthodontic technology and increased awareness of the benefits of orthodontic treatment, more adults seek it to improve their oral health and overall well-being.   

How is modern orthodontics different from past orthodontic treatments?  

Modern orthodontics has seen many advancements and improvements compared to past orthodontic treatments. Some of the key differences include the following:

  • Technology: Modern orthodontics utilizes advanced technology such as 3D imaging and computerized treatment planning to create more precise and effective treatment plans.  
  • Materials: Today's orthodontic materials are more advanced, lighter, and more comfortable than those used in the past. For example, the wires used in braces are now smaller and smoother, reducing discomfort and the risk of injury.  
  • Treatment Options: The range of orthodontic treatment options has increased, offering patients more choices. Patients can choose a treatment that best fits their needs and lifestyle, from clear aligners like Invisalign to self-ligating braces.  
  • Speed and Efficiency: Modern orthodontics uses techniques and materials that allow faster and more efficient treatment. This can reduce the time patients need to wear braces and the overall length of treatment.  
  • Comfort: Orthodontic treatment has become more comfortable using new materials and techniques. Patients experience less discomfort during treatment and are likelier to stick with their treatment plan to achieve the desired results.
Treatment Options

Overall, modern orthodontics offers patients more advanced, comfortable, and effective treatment options than in the past. With a broader range of options and technology, patients can achieve their desired results more efficiently and comfortably.  

Benefits of getting orthodontics treatment for Adults  

  • Improved Dental Health: One of the essential benefits of adult orthodontic treatment is improved dental health. Misaligned teeth and jaw problems can lead to dental health issues, including cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. Orthodontic treatment can correct these problems and help improve overall dental health.  
  • Increased Confidence: A beautiful smile can significantly boost your self-esteem and confidence. With modern orthodontic treatments like clear braces, lingual braces, and clear aligners, adults can have the straight teeth they've always wanted without worrying about unsightly metal braces.  
  • Better Bite: If you have a bite problem, such as an overbite or underbite, orthodontic treatment can help correct it. A better bite can improve chewing, speaking, and oral function, making it easier to enjoy the foods you love and speak clearly.  
  • Reduced Risk of TMJ: Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are common among adults and can lead to pain and discomfort in the jaw and face. Orthodontic treatment can help correct bite problems and reduce the risk of developing TMJ disorders.  
  • Better Oral Hygiene: Straight teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. You can enjoy improved oral hygiene and a healthy, confident smile with orthodontic treatment.  
  • More Comfortable Treatment: Modern orthodontic treatments, like clear aligners and ceramic braces, are more comfortable than ever before. They are also less noticeable, making it easier for adults to undergo treatment without feeling self-conscious.  
  • Faster Treatment Time: Advances in orthodontic technology have also led to faster treatment times, with some options providing results in as little as 6 months. This makes it easier for busy adults to fit treatment into their schedules and achieve their desired results.  
  • Better Oral Function: Orthodontic treatment can improve oral function by correcting bite problems and straightening teeth. This can make eating, speaking, and enjoying a more comfortable and confident smile easier.  
  • Long-Lasting Results: Orthodontic treatment can provide long-lasting results that you can maintain with regular dental check-ups and proper oral hygiene. Modern orthodontic treatments allow you to enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile for years.  
  • Customized Treatment Plans: Orthodontic treatment is highly customizable, allowing your orthodontist to create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and goals. This ensures you receive the best possible results and enjoy a healthy, confident smile for years.
Customized Treatment Plans

Orthodontic treatment options for Adults

Adults seeking orthodontic treatment have several options available to them, including:  

Braces: Traditional metal or clear braces are an option for adults. They use brackets and wires to move the teeth into the desired position. Metal braces are less expensive and more durable than other options, but they are also more noticeable. Clear braces are less apparent but more expensive and prone to staining.  

Invisalign: A virtually invisible clear plastic aligner. Invisalign aligners are custom-made for each patient and designed to shift the teeth into the desired position gradually. The aligners are removable for eating and brushing and are a popular option for adults who want a more discreet treatment option.  

Lingual Braces: Braces are placed on the teeth inside, making them virtually invisible. Lingual braces are a good option for adults concerned about braces' appearance, but they can be more challenging to clean and may cause more discomfort than other options.  

Self-Ligating Braces: Braces that use a unique clip instead of elastic bands reduce the pressure on the teeth. This makes them more comfortable and can also shorten treatment time.  

Mini Braces: A smaller version of traditional braces that are less noticeable. Mini braces are a good option for adults who only need minor correction and want a less conspicuous option.  

Retainers: A removable device worn after orthodontic treatment to maintain the new position of the teeth. Retainers help ensure that the teeth do not return to their original standing after treatment.  

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs): Small screws or posts placed in the jawbone to help guide tooth movement. TADs are used in more complex cases to help achieve desired results.  

Palatal Expanders: A device to widen the upper jaw and create more space for crowded teeth. Palatal expanders can be used in conjunction with other orthodontic treatments.  

Surgical Orthodontics: Orthodontic treatment combined with oral surgery to address severe bite or jaw problems. Surgical orthodontics can correct issues that cannot be addressed with braces alone.  

Adults have many options for orthodontic treatment. The best choice, from traditional braces to virtually invisible options, will depend on the individual's specific needs and preferences. An orthodontist can help determine the best course of treatment and give you the desired results. 


In conclusion, adult orthodontic treatment has advanced significantly in recent years, offering a range of options to suit individual needs and preferences. Whether it's traditional braces, clear aligners, lingual braces, self-ligating braces, functional appliances, retainers, or surgical orthodontics, there's a solution for everyone. With the help of an orthodontic specialist, adults can achieve a healthy, straight, and beautiful smile.

Contact your Pinole dentist, Dr. Hoss Abar, DDS, MSD at Abar Orthodontics, to know more about modern orthodontics.


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