Your Options for Braces as an Adult

Adult braces options

When you think of braces, a teenager with metal train tracks may spring to mind. But braces are fast becoming the ‘in thing’ for adults that want to perfect their pearly whites.

The truth is, that adults have a wealth of options available when it comes to braces, from invisible ones to those that sit behind the teeth, braces don’t have to mean a beaming metal grin.

What are the options and how do they work? Here, we take a closer look at the almost ‘invisible’ options available for adults that want a straighter smile.

Clear aligners

Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are one of the most popular treatments for wonky teeth. They are virtually invisible and fantastic for those that want to smile without worrying about their braces being seen.

The aligners are similar to a mouth guard and are made from a wafer thin, transparent, medical grade plastic. You wear each set of retainers for a couple of weeks, before moving on to the next set.

The average time that it takes for people to see results is approximately 12 months, but may take more or less time depending on the individual case.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces sit on the back of the teeth and provide a very discreet way of straightening the teeth.

They are made up of small brackets and arch wires that are stuck to the back of the teeth, making them almost invisible.

The average treatment time for tooth straightening with lingual braces like Incognito Lingual Braces, takes around 12-24 months.

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces, like train tracks, are fitted to the front of your teeth. However, unlike traditional train tracks, they consist of subtle, clear or tooth coloured brackets that have metal wires running through them.

People who have more extreme tooth problems may find ceramic braces more beneficial than other options like Invisalign, and may also like the fact that they come in see-through options.

Although treatment time is completely dependent on the individual, most cases take between 12 and 24 months.


If you are in search of the perfect solution to straighten your teeth, at Northenden House Orthodontics we have a whole host of solutions that work. To find out more, please call 0161 998 2622 or email us here.


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  • Mohammad Malik
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