Should you get orthodontic treatment as an adult?

Do you feel uncomfortable when smiling in front of the camera and do not like showing your teeth in pictures? Do you regret not getting braces when you were young and feel that your age of orthodontic treatment has gone? Many adults opt for braces treatment, so there’s no need to shy away from it. 

How to know you need orthodontic treatment?

While the symptoms might differ from person to person, there are some common symptoms that we have shared. Many people have teeth that are crooked from the front and crowded, which makes them feel awkward. Crooked teeth also cause difficulty when brushing teeth as the toothbrush isn’t able to reach in the right places. Also, you should get braces if your teeth aren’t placed properly on top of each other when you close your mouth. If you have unnatural gaps between your teeth, getting braces will help reduce the gap between those teeth.

Types of braces that adults can get

Depending on how elaborate and detailed your treatment is, your dentist will provide you with different braces options to choose from.


As the most affordable option, traditional braces are made of metal and are durable, strong, and long-lasting. These braces include golden and silver brackets in color and different colored rubber bands that hold the braces.


Also known as clear braces, ceramic braces are similar to metal braces and have white brackets which blend in well with the teeth. The rubber bands in these braces are also white in color, which mostly suit adults as these braces don’t stand out as much as the traditional ones.


Made from the latest technology, aligners are transparent and removable braces that help with teeth improvement. While they are a little costly, they save you from the pain of metal wires and rubber bands. Usually, aligners are replaced by the dentist every 14 days.

Benefits of getting adult braces

Adult braces help improve the overall appearance of your teeth and increase your self-esteem and confidence.

You are able to brush your teeth properly, making sure that the toothbrush reaches all parts of the mouth.

Braces help you get a more natural smile, straighten your teeth, and also make your jaws stronger.

After getting all your teeth in place, your speech efficiency will improve, you will have fresh breath and be able to chew your food properly.

Looking for a private dental place to help you with your braces problem before it is too late? With an experience of more than 35 years, we at Bourne End Dental have an excellent team of dentists who can cater to all your issues. To book an appointment, you can reach out to us at 01628 523353.