Braces for adults

Adult braces & orthodontics

Braces are often thought of as an orthodontic treatment worn by teenagers, but they are an effective solution for patients of all ages.

Adults who have never received this treatment as a child or may have forgotten to wear their retainer as directed can benefit from these devices.

Here at James River Orthodontics, our braces, and other orthodontics treatments can help you achieve the smile you love. We believe that you deserve the highest quality of orthodontic care. As the highest-reviewed orthodontic practice in Richmond, we hold ourselves to the highest standards, while cultivating a relaxing, down-to-earth atmosphere.

The best results stem from an informed process—on your end and our end. Our experienced family orthodontists, Dr. Scarborough or Dr. Loflin, will explain every step of the process in as much detail as you’d like. It’s our goal to provide you with the knowledge you need to make the best decision for your smile and your health.

Do adults need braces?

Sometimes, adults choose to get braces for cosmetic reasons or to improve their oral health. No matter your age, it’s never too late to receive this transformative treatment.

While a straighter smile is the most visible benefit of braces, this device can also help improve your overall oral health. A proper alignment can correct issues with your jaw and mouth, which may improve everything from bite functionality to sleep quality.

Signs you may need orthodontic treatment:

  • Jaw shifting, popping or clicking

  • Persistent mouth breathing

  • Poor sleep quality

  • Jaw pain or facial pain

  • Difficulty chewing or biting

  • Clenching or grinding the teeth

  • Crooked, crowded or gapped teeth

  • Digestive issues caused by improper chewing

  • Hiding your smile regularly or lack of confidence when smiling

  • Teeth or jaws are disproportionate to the rest of the face

When is it too late to get braces?

We’re glad you asked! Contrary to popular belief, it’s never too late to get braces. The age you are when you decide to transform your smile and improve your quality of life is the perfect age to begin orthodontic treatment.

There’s more to a smile than just perfect alignment. Adult orthodontics can improve not only your appearance and self-esteem, but your breathing ability, chewing and bite functionality, and sleep quality.

 Your orthodontic condition affects every aspect of your life—esthetically and functionally. 

Options in adult braces

We understand that metal braces aren’t every adult’s cup of tea. That’s why we offer different types of high-quality braces, including clear braces for adults. Each device works by applying constant, gentle pressure to gradually shift your teeth into their proper places.

Our adult patients can choose from:

  • Invisalign® clear aligners: Choosing clear aligners, like Invisalign® for adults, means you can straighten your smile with a convenient and removable treatment option. The aligners are made out of a plastic material that’s customized to your teeth and worn as long as your orthodontist specifies.
  • Damon self-ligating braces: Self-ligating metal braces feature tie-less technology. This means there will be less friction because no elastic ties are holding the archwire to the brackets. As a result, the treatment process is quicker and more comfortable.
  • Clear self-ligating Damon® braces: For a less visible option, we also offer clear self-ligating Damon® braces. The tooth-colored material seamlessly blends into your teeth, making these adult ceramic braces a more discreet alternative.

Whether you prefer a traditional look, a removable, convenient treatment, or a more discreet appearance, we have the option to meet your needs and suit your lifestyle.

What is the cost of braces for adults?

The cost of adult braces isn’t one-size-fits-all with us—and that’s because one size simply doesn’t fit all. One size fits one with us.

The cost of your treatment will depend on a few factors, including the length of your treatment (based on the severity of your condition), whether you have orthodontic insurance, and the specific payment plan you choose with us.

During your first visit to our office, we’ll discuss your needs to create a payment plan that works for you!

Why choose James River Orthodontics?

Here at James River Orthodontics, we are committed to delivering the best treatment options whether you are interested in self-ligating braces or invisible braces for adults. This dedication to premier care and outstanding user experience has resulted in our reputation as the highest-reviewed practice in Richmond.

Regardless of which adult braces treatment option you choose, you can count on our team of orthodontic professionals to walk you through each step of the process. We’ll keep you well-informed in our relaxing and welcoming environment so that you can make the best decisions and effectively achieve your desired results.

Still have questions?

We’re here to answer your questions about braces for adults! It’s important to us that we make you feel comfortable and provide you with the information you need to undergo a smooth, successful orthodontic treatment.

You can learn more about our adult braces treatment options available to patients in the Henrico County and Richmond, VA, areas. We invite you to come in for a free initial consultation so that we can discuss your needs and explain our customized treatments. You’ll also get to learn more about our available payment plans that will make achieving your new smile more accessible and affordable.

Schedule your free consultation exam today to get started on adult orthodontics treatment!