If you’re honest with yourself, you can probably remember many decisions you made as a child or a teenager that, if given the chance, you would do differently. As an adult, you are probably more responsible, more conscientious and more aware of how you are caring for yourself. 


If your smile is something you are unhappy with, take comfort in knowing that it’s not too late for braces. In fact, you might be at the perfect age to care for your teeth responsibly and appreciate the outcome braces will provide!

Treatment Options For Adults

If you are considering getting braces as an adult, you might be hesitant to go to your job, travel, or meet new people with a mouth full of metal. After all, how often do you associate braces with puberty? Probably quite frequently! But did you know that the standard metal braces are not the only option available for straightening your teeth? Orthodontists can offer several options to suit your desires and your lifestyle:


  • Traditional metal braces
  • Clear braces
  • Clear aligners

Traditional braces are the braces you can visibly see on someone’s teeth. They are the most common solution and are extremely effective for correcting even the most misaligned teeth. They are made up of metal brackets glued to your teeth’s surface and a wire that laces through the brackets to hold them together. Six weeks is the most common time frame to have your braces adjusted so as to keep the pressure on your teeth that enables them to realign. 

Clear Aligners also have the benefit of being less noticeable, however, you still have to wear the aligners almost all day long and usually only should take them out for meals and dental hygiene in the morning and night. Aligners also must be replaced every few weeks to keep the momentum of your teeth and jaw positioning to improve over time.

Clear braces are a fantastic option, especially for adults who might feel self-conscious about having to have braces later in life. These braces work the same way as metal braces, but they are made from clear materials so they are not as obvious.

Adult with braces and a great smile

Great, Confident Smile

Your smile is often one of the first things strangers notice when meeting you for the first time. So naturally the most rewarding benefit from having braces as an adult is the beautiful, straight smile you will get to enjoy! Social settings such as work, school, first-dates, interviews and more will be so much less intimidating, knowing that you can smile freely and not think twice about how your smile appears. 

Adult Braces Could Be Medically Necessary

In extreme cases, braces could be medically necessary as an adult. While treatment solely for the purpose of crowding or crooked teeth is generally viewed as cosmetic, there are some cases where braces may be medically necessary. If you have a crossbite, you could be at risk of losing the affected teeth prematurely. 


Accidents that cause physical injury to your jaw can happen without warning and you may need braces to help reposition your teeth after an injury occurs. A broken jaw or cheekbone may require treatment by an orthodontist.

Adult Braces Available In Fort Worth

Whether you are looking for a boost of confidence or a more serious resolution to an issue with your smile, the professionals at Ahava Orthodontics can’t wait to help you get the smile you desire. Our well-trained staff will care not only for your smile’s transformation, but also care for you and what this transformation could mean for your life and your confidence! Contact us today for a consultation appointment.