Lee Orthodontics

3 Common Reasons Adults Need Braces

Posted on January 26, 2022


Adults are getting braces more than ever before. This is quite a reversal from just a few years ago when most thought they were too old to get braces. But the AAO estimates that at least 50% of adults need orthodontic treatment:

To straighten their teeth

Most people get braces in their earlier years. But not all. Thankfully, straightening your teeth has no age barrier. No matter how old you are, you can still get a straight smile. It will increase your confidence and provide several health benefits.

As a Preemptive Strike Against Future Dental Issues

Many adults get braces because they want a pretty smile. They also get them to put a damper on dental issues that could cost more money in the long run. These issues include tooth decay, jaw joint irritation, and more.

They can afford them

There are more options than ever before for adults to straighten their teeth. No matter the budget, there’s a solution available. Invisalign is one of the most cost-effective and popular.


Invisalign clear aligners offer many benefits for adults who want braces:

  • Short treatment time
  • Nearly invisible on teeth
  • Easy keep up
  • Easy to remove when it’s time to eat, drink, or brush your teeth.

Important Considerations

Adults wearing braces is growing in popularity every day. But, there are some things to take into consideration:

The process takes time and requires patience. For those who are completely past this stage of bone growth, it is harder to create a movement of the teeth and this increases the time treatment takes.

Some experience discomfort. Some adults experience jaw joint pain or muscle irritation when their teeth move. This sensation is temporary. But if you have suffered from gum issues in the past, adult braces may make them worse. The brackets from the braces rub against the inside of your mouth and cause more irritation. To prevent this, you must be vigilant throughout the process

There’s no age limit for wearing braces. Perhaps this is why adults wearing braces are gaining in popularity. No matter the reason, now adults have a better way to get the smile they’ve always desired.

Do you want to learn more about braces for adults? Contact us today.