Are Adults Good Candidates for Braces?

Some adults can be apprehensive to start orthodontic treatment, thinking treatment will last far longer than if they started when they were younger. The Griffin & Errera Orthodontics team is here to clear up your questions, such as if adults are good candidates for braces, how long treatment will take, why you invest your time in care, and what your appliance options are. Braces may be the perfect next step!


It’s Never Too Late to Start!

We are glad to share that you can receive orthodontic treatment as an adult anytime! A common myth is that braces can only be worn when you are a child or teen, but over a quarter of all orthodontic patients are adults. Some of our current patients were not given the opportunity to get braces as a teen or simply didn’t require any care at the time.

Though treatment may take additional time, know that your smile goals are entirely attainable. Griffin & Errera Orthodontics can provide the same expert-level results teenagers enjoy for adults. By working with our friendly and knowledgeable team, we can discuss your options and determine your most efficient path. Your smile journey starts with us!


You Have Treatment Options with Us

LightForce Clear Braces

Clear braces are an attractive choice for adults as they provide effective results with a nearly invisible appearance. We use LightForce brackets made of tooth-colored ceramic that blend in with your smile, so you don’t have to worry about how they will appear throughout treatment. They have rounded edges that allow for a comfortable transition into wear. 

This appliance is also stain-resistant, allowing you to continue eating darker foods or drinks like coffee without fear of discoloration over time. Ask Dr. Griffin and Dr. Errera whether clear braces are the best treatment for you.

Metal Braces

We also provide metal braces, a state-of-the-art treatment known for fixing even the most complex orthodontic issues. Thanks to modern orthodontics, this appliance is smaller than ever and a great cost-effective option. They excel in strength and durability, providing enduring orthodontic treatment that will preserve your teeth for years to come. Metal braces are an excellent choice for any patient.


Are Adults Good Candidates for Braces?

Why Pursue Orthodontic Care?

Improved Everyday Function

Crooked teeth can cause discomfort in everyday tasks such as speaking, biting, and chewing. Braces treatment realigns your teeth and evenly distributes the pressure across your mouth, making these tasks much more manageable and natural. This further enables smooth digestion, increased absorption of nutrients, and confidence in trying new meals.

Easily Care For Your Teeth

Realigned teeth remove any areas in your mouth that are tough to reach with your toothbrush, allowing you to better care for your oral health. Being able to brush and floss more efficiently during your routine cleanings decreases your chances of encountering common dental concerns, such as bacteria, plaque buildup, and tooth decay. This simple act has positive long-term benefits that will help your permanent teeth build protection and last throughout your lifetime.

If you have questions about brushing effectively or would like to know the best products for doing so, Dr. Griffin and Dr. Errera can provide recommendations to improve your oral health.

Boost Your Confidence

Your dental health and self-esteem are more closely connected than you may think. The condition of your smile can affect your willingness to display it in front of others and, in turn, your overall happiness. For this alone, investing in your smile is worth each day that treatment takes! Those with aligned teeth come across as more trusting and kind, encouraging positive social interactions and making a lasting impression. 


Choosing the Right Appliance

Lifestyle and Aesthetics

Considering how long treatment can take, one of our top priorities is ensuring you feel confident and happy with your appliance choice. As we initially consider the most effective treatment, we understand each of our patients has a different lifestyle and varying levels of aesthetic concerns, so our team will listen to your needs. 

Some patients will have more time to comply with the needs of their appliance, while others may have a tighter schedule. Similarly, some patients are focused on the look of their appliance throughout treatment, but others may simply want the most effective choice. No matter the case, our team can provide more insight as to which appliance best suits your case and help you stay compliant to keep your plan on schedule.

How Long Will Treatment Last?

Treatment length changes with each patient and is determined by the following factors: your current smile, oral hygiene practices, the appliance used, and the work you want to accomplish. While many adults wear their braces for about one to three years, your treatment could end up being shorter or longer. When you come in for your free consultation, Dr. Griffin and Dr. Errera can give you a better idea of how your appliance choice will impact this.

Your Budget

During your free consultation, we can share the cost of your treatment plan. It is determined by similar factors to your treatment plan length. Our team will happily answer any questions about financials and insurance, so no surprises await you later. We can also share more about our flexible payment plans and help you choose which best fits your budget.


Are Adults Good Candidates for Braces?

Your Smile Journey Starts with Us!

If you are ready to start brace treatment, please schedule your free consultation with Dr. Griffin and Dr. Errera! We will help you learn more about your oral health needs and share the most effective treatments you can start today. Our practices are located in Middleburg, Warrenton, and Culpeper, proudly serving the surrounding communities. Our team can’t wait to meet you!