Adults and Braces


Adult Man With BracesBraces aren’t just for kids anymore. In fact, one in five orthodontic patients is over 21. With the invention of more discreet orthodontic appliances such as clear braces and aligners, adults feel comfortable stepping out in public during all phases of treatment.


While adults can experience the same results as children and teens in terms of achieving a beautiful, straight smile, the treatment often takes longer. This is due to several factors. Because the jawbone in an adult is fully formed, it is somewhat less receptive to orthodontic treatment. In addition to that, gum disease, which is generally unique to the adult population, may hinder the progress of orthodontic treatment.


Before beginning orthodontic treatment, we will check first to see what underlying misalignment issues exist, and we will also check for pre-existing dental problems. We recommend that any oral health issues such as tooth decay and gum disease be remedied prior to orthodontic treatment.


While traditional metal braces are sometimes used for adults, our patients typically choose a more discreet, convenient orthodontic method. Options include clear or tooth-colored ceramic braces, Invisalign® clear aligners, or lingual braces, which are fixed to the inside of teeth and therefore invisible when you smile.

We welcome patients of all ages in our orthodontic practice. Give us a call for more information on how we can transform your smile!

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Adults and Braces FAQs

Can adults get braces with MassHealth?

MassHealth unfortunately will not cover braces for patients 21 years of age and older.

What age is too late for braces?

You are never too old for braces! Some cases may not even take too long depending on what you are trying to change.

What type of braces is best for adults?

Depending on the diagnosis and treatment plan, many cases can be solved with clear Invisalign. Some cases may require traditional metal braces as well.

Do braces take longer for adults?

Cases can typically take longer for adults due to the fact that the jawbone is fully developed and less receptive to orthodontic treatment. However, depending on the case, treatment may not take as long.

Do orthodontists treat adults?

Of course, they do! If you are interested in a consultation, whether a child or adult, call us at Enkin Family Dental Phone Number (978) 283-9020!