Guide to Orthodontic Treatment as an Adult

In recent years, we’ve seen a drastic increase in the number of adult patients looking to improve their oral health here at Alba Orthodontics. Some of them have spent a lifetime feeling uncomfortable with the way their teeth look and feel, and many worry that it’s too late to achieve a healthier smile. The good news is, you’re never too old to benefit from braces or clear aligners! Patients from 7 to 75 can enjoy straighter teeth and a healthier mouth with expert treatment from experienced orthodontists like Drs. Fred and Jeff Alba. Keep reading below for your guide to orthodontic treatment as an adult! 

What are the benefits of adult orthodontic treatment?

Most of our younger Mechanicsburg patients are in treatment because their parents have chosen this for them after consulting with an orthodontist. While these children and teens are able to understand why this process is important for their smiles, we find that adults tend to have a much better understanding of just how beneficial a healthy mouth can be.

This is mostly due to adults being more aware of the many ways oral health can affect your total body health. They know that regular dental care and orthodontic treatment can help keep the teeth, gums, and whole-body healthy!  Most adult patients are able to see orthodontic treatment for what it truly is: an investment of your time and finances that will have a major pay-off in the form of a healthier, happier, and more confident smile!

What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment for adults?

Orthodontic treatment is probably best known for improving the cosmetic appearance of a patient’s smile, but there are benefits beneath the surface, too! When teeth are crooked or crowded, they can be difficult to clean properly. This increases the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems. 

If the teeth and jaws are misaligned, it can also cause excess wear on the enamel. Over time, this may lead to chronic headaches or pain in the face, neck, or jaw. Orthodontic treatment with braces or clear aligners from Alba Orthodontics will help to reduce or eliminate these symptoms. 

Treatment can also protect adult patients from more serious oral issues down the road, which translates into a healthier smile and long-term financial savings. That’s something adults on a budget can really get behind!


What treatment options are available to adult orthodontic patients?

There’s never been a better time to be an adult orthodontic patient in Mechanicsburg! Not so long ago, there were very few options for anyone looking to improve the look and feel of their teeth. Today, we have multiple ways to give patients a smile that’s beautiful and functional! Alba Orthodontics is proud to offer the following affordable treatment options for a smile makeover.

Metal braces

Damon metal braces are the most widely used orthodontic appliance in our Mechanicsburg office and they come with a proven track record of success. They efficiently treat a variety of orthodontic issues and can be particularly useful in cases that are more severe or complex. While braces have been around for a long time, they have undergone some impressive changes in recent years. Damon metal braces are far more comfortable, effective, and affordable than previous designs were. The self-ligating brackets don’t require adjustments, so that means less time in the chair, too!

Clear braces

Clear braces function the same way as metal braces, but they come with the added benefit of clear brackets. This offers an incredibly subtle way to straighten teeth, especially when paired with clear, white, or tooth-colored elastics. The ceramic brackets we use with clear braces are slightly larger and a bit more brittle than metal brackets, so we are more likely to use them on the upper front teeth than the lower teeth. Because they are much less visible than metal brackets, clear braces tend to be a popular choice with our teen and adult patients.

InBrace lingual braces

Lingual braces are a great cosmetic alternative to traditional braces for straightening your teeth. Rather than being fixed to the front of your teeth, they’re placed on the back. Lingual braces work in the same way as traditional braces by applying gentle, continuous pressure to your teeth to slowly shift them into their new, straighter positions. This treatment can take anywhere from 6-30 months, depending on how severe your bite or overcrowding is.


Instead of brackets, wires, and bands, the innovative Invisalign system uses a series of customized clear aligners to shift the teeth over time. The aligners are designed to be removed when a patient is eating, drinking anything other than water, and brushing their teeth. This gives them an extra measure of freedom and flexibility that our adult patients love!

Patient compliance is an essential part of treatment with Invisalign. The aligners must be worn for 20-22 hours per day throughout the orthodontic process to successfully straighten smiles. Patients are also responsible for switching each aligner out with the next in the series every 1-2 weeks. This allows them to keep up with the movements their teeth are making. 

When worn as directed by Dr. Alba, Invisalign can be just as efficient as braces at treating many of the most common orthodontic issues.


Boost your oral health with adult treatment and Alba Orthodontics

Most things in life come with a list of pros and cons, and orthodontic treatment is no different. That means that not every treatment we offer at Alba Orthodontics will be suitable for all patients, which is why we encourage adults to work with an orthodontist who is highly trained, skilled and experienced. That’s where our team of doctors comes in!

We don’t do any one-size-fits-all treatment at our office. Instead, Dr. Alba will recommend the most appropriate treatment for your unique smile. This personalized treatment plan is built around your needs and lifestyle, and it guarantees a rewarding orthodontic journey with beautiful results you’ll love. 

Orthodontic treatment with Alba Orthodontics is a smart investment in a better smile, one that will enhance your physical, emotional, and oral health. Are you ready to take the first step towards the confident smile you deserve? Get in touch to schedule your FREE consultation to transform your smile!