Adult Orthodontic Treatment

Adult Orthodontic Treatment
Posted on 12/14/2020

Adult Orthodontic TreatmentMany adults think they are "too old" for orthodontic treatment, but nothing could be further from the truth. In today's world, one in four orthodontic patients is an adult. Orthodontic treatment may be slightly different compared to children and teens, but advances in orthodontics offer more treatment options that are both more comfortable and discreet. The experts at Discover Orthodontics share this information on adult orthodontic treatment.

How Orthodontic Treatment is Different for Adults

The process of orthodontic treatment is the same, regardless of how old you are, but there are a few differences compared to orthodontics for children or teens. First, adults are no longer growing, so making actual changes in the jaw structure isn't possible as it is with children. Second, adults have years of wear and tear built into their tooth surfaces along with a possible history of fillings, crowns, and implants. All of these aspects are taken into consideration during the consultation to determine if orthodontic treatment will be beneficial or not.

Adult Orthodontic Treatment Options

Like children and teens, there are many different appliance options for adults. The types of braces that are right for you will depend on the severity of your orthodontic issues, your lifestyle, and your budget. Following is an overview of the different types of braces:

Traditional Metal Braces

Metal braces are not a thing of the past. In fact, some orthodontic issues are still best treated with metal braces. Today's metal braces are lighter in weight and structure. The small metal brackets are bonded to the front of the teeth, and a thin archwire moves the teeth into the correct position with the help of elastics.


Invisalign is a very popular option for adults because they are barely noticeable, and they are much more comfortable to wear than braces. Invisalign is a set of clear aligners that will be changed every two weeks to slowly move your teeth into the correct position. The significant advantage is that they can be taken out when you eat, as well as when you clean your teeth. If you have severe orthodontic issues, they may not be the best option.


Damon braces utilize (sliding-door) technology known as "self-ligation" that allows the wire to slide back and forth within the bracket, and there are no elastic or steel ties used with the brackets. Damon technology provides greater comfort because there is less friction with these braces. And, Damon braces can reduce both treatment time and the number of adjustments that are needed.


Inspire braces are made from clear sapphire, making them much less noticeable than metal braces. Inspire braces are also very strong, so they are an excellent alternative to metal braces.


Clarity braces also have a translucent appearance and comfortable design. They are made from a hard ceramic material that won't stain or discolor your teeth. They perform as well as metal braces, which is why many adults choose this option.

Clear Braces

Ceramic braces are also translucent and are popular with adult patients. Ceramic braces are more fragile than metal braces, so they are not suitable for all orthodontic corrections.

Schedule A Consultation with Your Burlington Orthodontist to Learn More!

The best way to determine the braces that are right for you is to schedule a consultation with the experts at Discover Orthodontics. Dr. Iwasiuk and his team will be happy to help you, so contact us today! We have two convenient offices in Burlington and Brampton and welcome patients from the surrounding communities of Waterdown, Mississauga, Caledon, and Oakville. You can also request an appointment online. We look forward to welcoming you to our orthodontic family!