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When Adults Need Braces

When we think about braces, we often think of a teenager with small metal brackets on their teeth. But dental braces have progressed so much in the past twenty years. Braces now are made of more comfortable, transparent materials. And they are not just for teenagers. Over 1.4 million adults in the U.S. sought orthodontic treatment between 2012-2014, according to a survey conducted by Loyalty Research Center for the American Association of Orthodontists.

Why are adults seeking orthodontic treatment?

Some adults seek orthodontic treatment because they never received proper dental treatment as children. They may suffer from problems such as crooked or fractured teeth, crowded teeth, malocclusion, overbites or underbites, or improper jaw position or disorders. In addition, teeth can shift with age due to injury, tongue thrust, or natural growth.

If left untreated, these problems can lead to nerve and jaw pain, gum disease, tooth discomfort or sensitivity, tooth decay, headaches, and even speech or chewing problems. Furthermore, many people find that these problems also lead to an unattractive smile and an unpolished, unprofessional appearance.

Is orthodontic treatment different for adults?

Typically, one of the primary orthodontic treatments used for adults is similar to that used for children — dental braces. Dental braces for adults gently and comfortably nudge teeth into proper alignment over time, creating the “right bite”, alleviating jaw dysfunction and pain, improving oral health, and creating a beautiful smile. Since adults are no longer growing, the orthodontic treatment may require a few more months of treatment than that for children. And, once the dental braces are removed, some patients may need a retainer to support and extend the life of the treatment results.

How can I find out if I need braces?

Consult with a reputable, qualified orthodontist such as Dr. James T. Yang, B.D.S., D.D.S., D.M.Sc., who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental irregularities, and ask for an evaluation. Different from dentists, orthodontists complete two to three years of advanced education in orthodontics in addition to a four-year dental graduate program.

How can I achieve results without looking like a teenager wearing braces?

Fortunately, today there are multiple materials used in dental braces, all of which provide comfort and efficacy. The main types of braces we use at SmilingYangs Orthodontics are metal braces, ceramic or clear braces, and Invisalign®. Ceramic braces and Invisalign® clear aligners are frequently chosen by adults because they are virtually invisible. For more information on types of dental braces, click here. (link to post titled “Embracing Braces.”)

What are the key questions I should ask at an orthodontic consultation?

Put together a list of questions to ask the orthodontist before you arrive at the consultation. Here are a few key items you may want to include:


It’s never too late to improve your dental health and create a beautiful smile. If you think you or a family member may need dental braces, please contact a qualified dental health professional such as SmilingYangs Orthodontics to obtain a comprehensive evaluation. Your orthodontist will discuss your diagnosis and find the best treatment options available for you.

SmilingYangs Orthodontics
Since 1998, USC and Harvard – trained Orthodontist Dr. James T. Yang, B.D.S., D.D.S., D.M.Sc. has provided state-of-the-art orthodontic care and service to the South Florida community. SmilingYangs Orthodontics, opened in 1998, is dedicated to providing excellent orthodontic care, treating each patient with respect and professionalism. Dr. Yang and his talented team at SmilingYangs Orthodontics take pride in their office atmosphere: a friendly, comfortable environment with courteous, attentive, and punctual staff members. Learn more about SmilingYangs Orthodontics and their excellent patient reviews at www.smilingyangs.com or call (954) 623-8446 to schedule an appointment today.



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