Braces For Adults: Types And Cost
Although they may seem like an adolescent rite of passage, braces are increasingly used for adults. In fact, one in four orthodontic patients is an adult, according to the American Association of Orthodontists.
“Teeth can be moved and straightened at any age,” says Celeste Block, a doctor of dental surgery and specialist in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics at Old Metairie Orthodontics in Metairie, Louisiana. “Adult patients want excellent and quick results with the least amount of discomfort, and some may be surprised to see how the technology has changed since they were kids.”
While some adult braces are used to achieve a better smile, their function isn’t solely cosmetic, she adds. Braces can have significant benefits when it comes to addressing dental conditions, like an uneven bite that may cause jaw problems, or gaps between teeth that can affect gum health, allowing adults to keep their teeth in good shape for decades to come.