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Adult Braces Specialist

House of Braces

Yon H. Lai, DDS, PC

Orthodontist located in Lower East Side, New York, NY & Flushing, NY

Thanks to advances in orthodontic treatment, adult braces are becoming increasingly popular. At House of Braces in Flushing, Queens, and the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City, Yon Lai, DDS, PC, and the team use adult braces to correct misalignments of the teeth and jaw. To make an appointment, call the nearest office and speak with a helpful team member or click the online booking tool today.

Adult Braces Q&A

What are adult braces?

Adult braces are custom-designed orthodontic appliances that place mild pressure on your teeth and jaw. Over time, that pressure gradually moves them into the optimal position, improving the appearance of your smile. 

Adult braces provide the added benefit of good oral hygiene. If your bite is aligned and your teeth are evenly spaced, it’s much easier to brush and floss. Preventive maintenance is an easy and effective way to lower the risk of potentially serious health problems like tooth decay and gum disease.

How are adult braces different from children’s braces?

Adult and children’s braces are very similar. The only difference is that when you’re an adult, your teeth and jaw stop growing, making realignment more difficult. As a result, adult braces often take longer to achieve your desired results.

To ensure a positive treatment outcome, carefully follow your provider’s instructions. Attend each orthodontic checkup, adhere to the recommended diet, and brush and floss daily.

What are the types of adult braces?

The team at House of Braces offers several types of adult braces, including:

Conventional metal braces

Conventional braces feature metal brackets and flexible archwires. These components place pressure on your teeth and jaw, improving their alignment and position. During treatment, you visit the House of Braces once a month. At each checkup, your provider monitors your progress and makes adjustments as necessary.  

Invisalign® aligners

Invisalign aligners fit snugly over your teeth. They’re made of SmartTrack®, an FDA-approved thermoplastic free of all allergens, including latex, BPA, and gluten. During orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, you wear the aligners 20-22 hours each day, only removing them to brush and floss or eat.  

Lingual braces

If you want to receive orthodontic treatment discreetly, consider lingual braces. Lingual braces are like conventional metal braces. The only difference is they’re bonded to the back of your teeth instead of the front. 

How long does treatment with adult braces take?

The length of time orthodontic treatment with adult braces takes depends on the alignment issues addressed and your commitment to the care plan. Most people complete treatment within 12-18* months, but it can take longer. Be patient and follow your provider’s instructions.

To learn more about adult braces, make an appointment at House of Braces by calling the nearest office or clicking the online booking tool. 

*Individual results may vary.