As we emphasized in a recent blog post, an increasing number of adults are choosing to get braces. According to Cherie Berkley of WebMD, adults now represent almost half of orthodontic patients looking to perfect their smile. The fact that orthodontic treatment options have evolved considerably in the last 15 years means there are many more lightweight, comfortable and “cosmetically friendly” types of orthodontics.

In this article, we’ll discuss why more adults are choosing orthodontic treatment and the different options they have available.

Advantages of braces for adults:

Braces are increasingly the preferred option for adults looking to correct dental and jaw problems. In fact, a recent study found that one in five adults in the United States have chosen braces to correct misaligned teeth and improve their smile.

One orthodontist in Atlanta shares with WebMD some of the advantages of newer, clear braces.

“The [brackets] are smaller and we don’t use all the bands or appliances that wrap all the way around [the tooth] like we used to. Now, we use bonded brackets that are a lot smaller or the clear braces that are a lot more cosmetic as far as their appearance.”

Another benefit he highlights is that the standard time adult patients have to wear braces is between 12 to 20 months, shorter than the typical length of time for children.

Braces options on the Upper East Side:

If you’re an adult considering braces, Upper East Side Orthodontics has many options, including those that are made with metal, ceramic or plastic. Metal brackets are silver in color and are the most common. For these braces, an archwire holds the bracket in place, and our specialists will adjust the wire periodically.

You also have the option of ceramic brackets, which are an especially good choice for those who want a discreet, yet still effective orthodontic treatment. However, it’s important to understand that the length of time for wearing clear braces is longer on average than traditional metal-wired braces.

Two braces options, in particular, iBraces and Invisalign, have increased in popularity over the last few years. Here are some of their benefits:


  • iBraces, also known as lingual braces, are virtually invisible to the outside world, as they’re placed on the inside of your teeth.
  • Fully customizable to teeth, patients with iBraces report that they are both comfortable and effective at straightening your teeth.


  • Invisalign’s custom-made, clear aligners gradually straighten your teeth.
  • The aligners are changed every two weeks

With the wide variety of treatment options available, and the benefits orthodontic treatment affords in the short and long term, more adults are choosing to get braces.

If you want to feel better about your smile, the first step is to schedule an appointment with an experienced orthodontist.

For an expert recommendation about which form of adult braces are right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Tanya Vaysman. As an orthodontic professional, Dr. Vaysman combines impeccable credentials with exceptional rapport to make getting braces a truly pleasant experience. Her expertise encompasses all types of braces, including Invisalign braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces, clear braces and adult braces. She will help you decide which type of brackets best suit your needs based on various factors, such as aesthetics, cost and length of treatment.

Don’t put off perfecting your smile any longer. Contact Dr. Vaysman’s office today by calling 1-888-378-2976 or by visiting our contact us page.

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