Can Adults Get Braces?

You may have a habit of associating braces with kids and teenagers—after all, most of the images we see in pop culture enforce that stereotype. Can adults get braces? Rhoads Orthodontics is here to tell you that they absolutely can and do! 

Why Do You Need Braces?

Reasons for braces can span a huge range of conditions or other circumstances, but the following could be applied specifically to adult patients! Dr. Rhoads will always work to find the best solutions for your individual situation.

  • Aesthetic Concerns: Many of our older patients express concerns about their appearance, serving as a significant motivation for seeking braces later in life.
  • Health Benefits: Another prevalent reason involves addressing genuine oral health issues, as misalignment can lead to discomfort and challenges in maintaining proper hygiene.
  • Prevention of Issues: Addressing orthodontic concerns in adulthood is not necessarily too late. Some issues must be dealt with to prevent them from worsening over time.
  • Jaw Issues: Referred to as TMJ disorders, these conditions may cause jaw pain, headaches, and difficulties in jaw movement. Our treatments aim to alleviate these symptoms by correcting alignment issues.
    Bite Problems: The correction of overbites or underbites is a common and often necessary reason for seeking braces, addressing functional aspects of dental alignment.
  • Preparation for Restorative Procedures: Braces are sometimes employed as a proactive step before dental implants or bridges. This ensures proper tooth alignment before proceeding with further restorative actions.
  • Career and Social Considerations: Maintaining an attractive smile is particularly important in certain professions. Braces can aid individuals in achieving this valuable career asset.
  • Technological Advances: Over time, the field of orthodontics has seen new innovations. Contemporary methods like Invisalign offer a discreet treatment option, appealing to those seeking a less conspicuous orthodontic approach. More details on this topic will follow.

Can Adults Get Braces?

Metal, Ceramic, or Clear?

In most orthodontic practices, including ours, there are three primary treatment options. Each of these options offers unique advantages for our adult patients, and our team will provide you with a thorough discussion of these benefits.

  • Traditional metal braces are a classic, cost-effective, and efficient option. They are typically the default choice for children, but adults have more flexibility to explore alternatives based on their specific conditions.
  • Ceramic braces, crafted from a special material that closely matches tooth color, provide a discreet option. Though they still include visible wires, the lack of color makes them a popular choice for those seeking a less conspicuous appearance.
  • For those looking to eliminate wires and brackets entirely, Invisalign stands out as the ideal choice. By using custom-made plastic trays, they offer near invisibility, making them a highly appealing solution for many patients.


We’re here to answer all of your questions—and while this list might not cover them all, we hope it’ll address a few. 

  • How much do braces cost?
    • The cost varies based on several factors. Insurance plays a significant role in determining expenses, and this is always discussed on an individual basis. The type of orthodontic appliance is crucial; partial braces differ in cost from a full set. Additionally, the choice between different types of braces or aligners, with clear aligners being the most customized and, therefore, more expensive, is a key consideration. Our team is committed to collaborating with you to establish the most favorable payment plan.
  • Do they hurt?
    • This question is quite common among our patients, and it’s completely understandable, especially if you’re entering treatment with limited prior research. It’s essential to note that discomfort is more prevalent than actual pain. Adjusting to orthodontic appliances, particularly more permanent ones may take time and could occasionally cause some abrasion on your gums. Being cautious about the foods you consume and the physical activities you engage in can reduce the likelihood of any potential injuries or damage.
  • Do I have to wear a retainer after having braces as an adult?
    • Absolutely! Retainers are a part of the treatment process for everyone who undergoes this type of orthodontic treatment. Their primary role is to maintain the results that you’ve diligently worked towards. While they require a long-term commitment, consistent use is crucial to prevent any potential relapse.
  • Am I too old for braces? 
    • Certainly not. Orthodontic solutions are available for individuals of all ages. Even if you have existing issues, such as missing teeth, we can coordinate the alignment process around additional procedures to address your specific needs.

Can Adults Get Braces?

Ready, Set… 

At Rhoads Orthodontics, we believe part of our jobs as orthodontists is to fight the stigma against adult braces, which can prevent patients from getting the help they need. We hope this blog has set the record straight!  You can call our Cranberry Township office for a free consultation at 724-369-8655.