Do Braces Work for Adults?

Dental braces have been part of orthodontics before the medical field was ever formally established. According to Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center, archaeologists can trace the use of braces back to ancient Egypt, or around 3100 B.C. Crude metal bands and animal fibers found on the teeth of mummies suggest ancient Egyptians valued having straight teeth in the afterlife. In later centuries, other cultures used similar braces-style appliances to treat dental alignment problems in living patients. 

By the mid-19th century, orthodontics began to evolve as a professional medical field. Early orthodontists improved upon past appliances and eventually created what we know as modern braces. The system of brackets, wires, and rubber bands is the most efficient design for correcting problems like:

Today’s braces are more comfortable and efficient than past models, but they follow the same basic principles. 

Orthodontists glue brackets to a patient’s teeth and thread a stainless steel archwire in between each bracket. By periodically adjusting the archwire, orthodontists like BHO’s Dr. Monica Madan can gradually apply increasing pressure to move teeth. With each archwire adjustment, orthodontists steadily improve smile alignment until patients have perfectly straight rows of teeth.

Although braces are one of the oldest and most trusted tools in orthodontics, patients still have plenty of questions before undergoing treatment. Adult patients in particular tend to share some common concerns. For instance, many adult patients associate braces with younger people, which leads to questions like:

Read on to learn the answers to these questions and more!

Do Braces Work for Adults? In a Word, Yes!

While some people associate braces with younger people, braces serve as an effective treatment for patients of all ages. As long as an adult has healthy teeth and gums, braces are a viable solution for alignment problems on the path to a perfect smile. 

In fact, more adults are wearing braces today than ever before. According to statistics from the American Association of Orthodontists, one in every three orthodontic patients today is over age 18. That’s an all-time high number of adult patients in the field. 

Regardless of whether you are 18 or 80, braces follow the same basic principles to move teeth. With the aid of brackets, wires, and sometimes rubber bands or other appliances, orthodontists use selective pressure to correct misalignments and bite problems. This method is highly effective at all ages and can treat both simple and complex alignment cases.

Differences Between Adult Braces and Braces for Children & Teens

Now that we have established that braces do work for both adults and children, we can look at how age affects treatment specifics. 

The most significant factor influencing braces treatment involves oral anatomy. Experts recommend that patients undergo orthodontic treatment as children because the face and jawbones are still growing. Growing bones are easier to work with and therefore reduce overall treatment time. 

As an adult with fully formed bones and muscles, that means braces treatment can take a little longer to complete. Depending on your specific alignment issues, treatment can take anywhere from 18-36 months to finish. However, accelerated orthodontic measures can significantly reduce this time period. 

Beyond physical differences, adults often have different motivations for seeking out orthodontic care. Although people of all ages can benefit from the aesthetic boost and health improvements caused by braces, adults may have unique alignment problems caused by natural aging. Similar to the way our skin naturally wrinkles over time, our teeth also move as we age. For adults, this continued tooth movement can lead to:

Fortunately, braces are versatile enough to correct all of these problems and leave patients with healthier mouths and flawless smiles.

Braces Options

Orthodontic patients today can choose from a few different types of braces. Although all of these models use the same bracket + wire method to move teeth, they differ slightly when it comes to materials and bracket placement:

If you have more questions about which type of braces is the right solution for you, schedule an appointment at one of Beverly Hills Orthodontics’ four Los Angeles-area offices today!

Ready for a Perfect Smile? Contact Beverly Hills Orthodontics Today To Begin Treatment

Braces don’t just work for adults—they deliver excellent, reliable results. Whether you are 8 or 68, braces are one of the most effective ways to obtain a perfectly aligned smile. 

At Beverly Hills Orthodontics, we offer braces treatments from each of our four locations, in  Beverly Hills/Century City, Toluca Lake, Alhambra, or Downtown Los Angeles. Available to patients of all ages, braces can correct mild-to-severe alignment problems ranging from slight crowding to significant bite issues. Contact BHO today to learn how braces can benefit your smile!

Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics Could Fast Track Your Smile

Whenever we begin a new treatment plan here at Beverly Hills Orthodontics, the first question patients often have is, “How long do I have to wait until I have my perfect smile?”

We completely understand why patients ask this question. After all, orthodontic treatments not only boost oral health, they can give you newfound confidence. It’s only natural that you’re excited to see the results!

Generally speaking, orthodontic treatments like Invisalign and fixed braces usually take 1-3 years to complete. To help you get the smile you want faster, today’s orthodontists can utilize a number of tools and procedures to shorten treatment times. One of the most reliable ways to fast-track treatment is accelerated osteogenic orthodontics. 

Accelerated osteo-what? 

Although accelerated osteogenic orthodontics may sound like a mouthful, osteogenic treatments are easy to understand once you have someone break it down for you—and that’s exactly what we’re going to do here! 

Below, we take a beginner-friendly look at what accelerated osteogenic orthodontics is, how it works, and which patients may qualify for it:

So, What Exactly is Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics?

The best way to introduce accelerated osteogenic orthodontics is to explain what “osteogenic” actually means. “Osteogenic” comes from two root terms:

  1. Osteo: derives from the Greek word “osteon” and means “bone”
  2. Genic: derives from the Greek word “genēs” and means “born” or “produced from”

Together, these roots combine to form “osteogenic”—a medical term used to describe procedures that promote new bone formation. You can simply think of accelerated osteogenic orthodontics (AOO) as a surgical way to quickly obtain great orthodontic results. 

Accelerated orthodontics” is an umbrella term used in the orthodontic field to refer to procedures and approaches that facilitate faster tooth movement. For example, accelerated orthodontic devices like OrthoPulse quicken tooth movement by shining near-infrared light onto the patient’s gums. The light naturally stimulates the jawbone, enabling quicker tooth realignment. 

While OrthoPulse is a great way to quicken orthodontic treatment, AOO procedures produce even faster results thanks to the help of bone grafting materials. During the AOO procedure, an orthodontist places bone grafting materials under your gum. The material provides extra support for your teeth and allows your braces or clear aligners to move teeth at a much faster rate. 

What Are the Advantages of Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics, and Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Treatment?

AOO treatment has been popular across the orthodontic field since the late 1990s. Minimally invasive and highly successful, orthodontists and patients frequently opt for accelerated osteogenic orthodontics for the following reasons:

In addition to these benefits, one of the biggest advantages of accelerated osteogenic orthodontics is that most patients qualify for treatment. If you have healthy adult teeth and the desire to quickly correct moderate-to-severe alignment problems, chances are that you will make a great candidate for AOO.

Look and Feel Your Best Sooner

Despite the possibly intimidating name, accelerated osteogenic orthodontic treatments are nothing to be scared of. For decades, orthodontists have used AOO procedures to create patients with healthy, beautiful smiles in short time frames. 

Beverly Hills Orthodontics’ own Dr. Monica Madan has years of experience performing AOO procedures to correct severe issues in a comfortable, timely manner. Often used in combination with Invisalign, accelerated osteogenic treatments allow Dr. Madan and the BHO team to more effectively meet patient needs and provide the best treatment experience possible. Call Beverly Hills Orthodontics today to learn if AOO is right for you.