How to Get Straight Teeth as an Adult

June 28, 2018

Many adults think that since they didn’t have braces as a kid, they’re now stuck with the teeth they have. Or, perhaps they did have braces as a child, but their teeth are beginning to shift, and they think that’s just the way things have to be. In reality, it’s never too late to get the beautiful and healthy smile that you’ve always wanted.

Some people think that aligning your teeth is just a cosmetic change. However, a misaligned bite can also result in your teeth wearing unevenly, and it can make it difficult to brush and floss.

If you are an adult and unhappy with your smile, you don’t need to settle! In recent years, the number of adults who wear braces has increased, and more adults are going through Invisalign treatments. Keep reading to learn more about each method for straightening your smile.

Metal Braces

This is the traditional way to align bites, involving metal brackets that adhere to each tooth. Every month or so, your orthodontist will secure a new wire to your brackets using a new set of rubber bands.

For many adults, the idea of wearing metal in their mouth is not fun to think about. However, the majority of braces treatments only last from 18 months to 3 years. A small price to pay for a lifetime of great teeth!

Also, if you’re an adult considering braces, you aren’t alone!  Between 2012 and 2014, the number of adults being treated with braces increased by 16%.


Invisalign is a newer treatment that involves wearing plastic trays, removing them only to brush your teeth and eat. Every 4-6 weeks, you will get a new tray, gradually pushing your teeth toward their desired placement.

People like using Invisalign since the trays are inconspicuous and removable. They also have a relatively short treatment time, usually about 12 months.

If you want to learn more about orthodontic treatments we offer at Hampden Dental Group, visit our orthodontics page. You can also schedule an orthodontic consultation online.