Adult Orthodontics Bellevue

Adult Orthodontics in Bellevue

BY Dr. Rooz Khosravi

Traditionally most orthodontists primarily offer treatment to teens and kids. These days many adults seek orthodontic treatment. In fact, Dr. Rooz provide various cosmetic orthodontic treatment tailored to adult patients like lingual braces.

Orthodontic Treatment for Adults

Adults often seek orthodontic treatment to improve their oral hygiene or to address dental problems. A great example is when an adult patient have crowding in the front lower teeth and can’t keep the teeth clean. Poor oral hygiene could lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Straight teeth is not always about esthetic.

Orthodontist vs dentist

Patients sometime are under the assumption that orthodontists are not dentists. In fact, orthodontists are dentists that had extra specialized training to focus on moving teeth and addressing skeletal problems with jaws. Orthodontic care is part of general dentistry. General dentists had orthodontic training (DDS) and can offer orthodontic treatment to their patients. American association of orthodontists explain the differences between an orthodontists and a dentists here: orthodontist vs dentist.

Adult Orthodontics

Needs of adults orthodontic patients are different from teen patients. Most adult patients are not interested in metal brackets and are looking for a cosmetic treatment option. Ceramic braces are a somewhat alternative to traditional braces.

Clear aligners (also known as Invisalign) and invisible braces are the true cosmetic options for adult patients.

Beside the type of braces, adult treatment plan and treatment needs are unique.

Adult orthodontic treatment vs teen orthodontic treatment

Teeth move slightly slower in adults compare to teens. Additionally, adult orthodontic patients lived with crooked teeth or deep overbite for a long time will need more adjustment to changes in their bite. Orthodontic treatment for adults is often based on more than misalignment. In some cases, orthodontic treatment for adults needs an interdisciplinary team of an orthodontist with other dental specialists.

Limited orthodontic care is a common treatment option for adults especially if they had orthodontic treatment and failed to wear their retainers.

Dental insurance policies partially cover orthodontic treatment for adults. Based on the type of the insurance plans, the amount of coverage differs. Most orthodontists offer payment plans with no interest.

Type of braces

Numerous orthodontic appliances like lingual braces, clear braces, Invisalign (removable plastic aligners), or even traditional braces are the one adult patients pick. You can learn more about type of braces here.


Clear aligners is a common appliance in adults. It is a reasonably cosmetic option. Alternatively, lingual braces provide a great cosmetic option to adult patients. There are many differences between Invisalign and lingual braces.

Metal braces

Some adult patients are very interested in metal braces on the outside of their teeth. Gold braces are a common type of traditional braces. At PORTH, all of our braces are custom braces.

Common questions about adult braces

How long do adults have braces on for?

The treatment time depends on the complexity of the care. The range of adult braces varies from 6 months to 2 years.

Do braces really work for adults?

Yes many adult patients now are seeking orthodontic treatment.

What kind of braces are best for adults?

Cosmetic orthodontic treatment is the best braces for adults. This could be lingual braces or clear aligners.

Is 40 too old for braces?

No. We treat patient in their 60s.

What are the benefits of wearing braces?

Overall improvement of oral health and a new smile to build your confidence.

What is the cost of braces for adults?

Cost of braces depends on so many factors. Click here to learn more about cost of braces.

Are braces an option for adults?

Yes. Most adults opt for braces behind the teeth.

How much do adult braces cost?

Cost of adult braces are calculated based on the complexity of the treatment. It ranges from $2000 to $14000.

How long will it take for braces to work?

Most adults orthodontic treatment takes 6 months to two years.