Should I Still Get Braces as an Adult?

Should I Still Get Braces as an Adult?
Posted on 07/26/2017

Many of our Brush Prairie, WA adult patients initially came to us with this question. And as common perception may have it, orthodontic treatment with braces isn't just for kids and teenagers. In fact, nearly 20% of people wearing braces today are adults. Orthodontic treatment for adults can be highly effective and Dr. Tyler Pritchard of Pritchard Orthodontics specializes in adult orthodontics. We always tell our adult patients here at Pritchard Orthodontics that it's never too late to improve your smile and dental health.

Why Braces May Be Needed as an Adult

As we get older our teeth shift, and different teeth may grow at different rates than others too. You may even find that even if you underwent orthodontic treatment as a kid (or had generally straighter teeth as a kid) you may need it as an adult. Other than natural growth, teeth can also change in the event of an injury, or tongue thrust (a condition where the tongue projects through the front teeth during speech, swallowing, or when the tongue is at rest). All of these factors is why we at Pritchard Orthodontics recommend that patients wear a retainer for a much longer period of time.

Treatment Options Available to Adults

There are many orthodontic treatment options available for adults other than tradition metal braces including: ceramic and lingual braces, and clear aligner systems. Ceramic braces are popular because they are clear (or tooth-colored), with a clear wire to bind them. Lingual braces are affixed to the back surfaces of the teeth, thus hiding them from view. Clear aligner systems (like Invisalign) are clear plastic trays that are practically invisible and are removable by the wearer for brushing, flossing, and eating.


The cost of braces depends on how much work needs to be done, the specific type of treatment, your insurance plan provisions, and the schedule of payments. And Dr. Pritchard will consult you to develop a course of treatment that is unique to your needs and your treatment goals, a schedule, and a budget that is right for you. Note that most insurance companies don't cover braces for orthodontic patients over the age of 18, but the only way to be sure is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pritchard today. Contact us!

Dr. Tyler S. Pritchard and the team at Pritchard Orthodontics are experts in Invisalign. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Hockinson, Amboy, Brush Prairie, Yacolt, Vancouver, or Battle Ground, WA, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Pritchard, contact Pritchard Orthodontics at: 360.667.4111