The Best Types Of Braces For Adults

Though orthodontic work is generally associated with children and teenagers, adult orthodontic patients have increased in recent years. This trend is expected to grow as treatment options become more flexible and less noticeable. But why are adults seeking treatment, and what type of braces are best for adults? Cowan & Whitaker Orthodontics can answer this question!

Why would an adult seek orthodontic treatment?

There are a few reasons why an adult would be a great orthodontic candidate. 

  • Oral Health. — Malocclusion can make it difficult to perform adequate oral hygiene, leading to tooth decay, tooth sensitivity, gum disease, infections, and, in severe cases, tooth loss! An aligned bite has fewer hard-to-reach places so the mouth can feel and be cleaner.
  • Pain. — A misaligned jaw can create pain by abnormal wear and tear on the TMJ joint when the mouth is opened and closed. Once developed, TMJ pain is usually for a lifetime. Poor teeth placement can allow uncomfortable infections to progress, and abnormal friction from overcrowding produce teeth sensitivity as the enamel is worn down.
  • Self-Esteem. — Many patients are simply trying to improve the aesthetics of their smile! Not liking what you see in the mirror and feeling self-conscious about oral health symptoms or side effects can lead to low self-worth.
  • Physical Health. — Your ability to bite and chew is crucial to your digestive system correctly processing food. If you cannot chew food small enough, you are more likely to choke, not absorb enough nutrients, and experience digestive issues if food gets stuck in the digestive tract.
  • Retreatment. — Orthodontic work is meant to last a lifetime, but sometimes life has other plans, and you might need treatment again. That’s okay! It happens. Braces can help.

Improving one or more of the above with orthodontic work can significantly boost your quality of life! 

What treatment options are available?

At Cowan & Whitaker Orthodontics, we proudly offer multiple non-invasive treatment routes. 


If you desire braces but don’t want anyone to know you have any, Invisalign clear aligners are for you! These braces are best for adults with mild to medium bite connection needs. Clear aligners are removable, custom-made trays that allow the most flexibility for patients because you do not have to change your diet or oral hygiene routine.

Metal Braces

This traditional go-to is known for its ability to fix even the most complex orthodontic problems. Modern technology has made metal braces more efficient and comfortable than ever. Their durability makes them the best choice for most lifestyles and needs, though you must change your diet and oral hygiene routine because they are not removable.

Clear Braces

These are identical to metal braces in every way except for their materials! Clear braces use brackets made of a polycrystalline ceramic material, which is less durable than its metal predecessor. However, they are still strong enough to address severe orthodontic cases! These are best for adults who don’t qualify for Invisalign but don’t like the look of metal braces.

The Best Types Of Braces For Adults

Ready To Find Out Which Braces Type Is Best For You?

No matter why you want braces in adulthood, Cowan & Whitaker Orthodontics can help! Schedule your free consultation with us in Tuscaloosa to learn more about the options available and which is best for you!