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Is it too late for adult braces?

In this day and age, there are so many ways for you to get the perfect smile. One of the most popular at the moment is Invisalign – but what about the tried-and-true method of braces? If you’ve been wondering if choosing adult braces is the right choice for you, this blog covers the primary differences between these two options – traditional and contemporary – as well as what you can expect from each.

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First things first: why do adults need braces?

Braces have come a long, long way from when you might remember them as a kid. Now that they are far less visible, less cumbersome, and easier to live comfortably with day-to-day, adults who are in need of dental corrections are choosing more frequently to return to the idea of braces before the risk of significant tooth damage.

This is an important choice to make, because the danger of misaligned teeth and jaws can lead to:

  • premature wear and tear
  • cavities or tooth decay
  • gum disease and
  • the potential of dentures or costly surgery to fix serious issues

Conversely, if you choose to opt for adult braces, they can help with:

  • correcting crooked or misaligned teeth
  • addressing over, under, and crossbite issues
  • closing gaps between teeth
  • improving oral health by making teeth easier to clean
  • enhancing overall appearance and self-confidence

What’s the difference between adult braces and Invisalign?


If you’re hesitant about the idea of wearing metal braces to straighten your teeth, there’s no need to worry – Invisalign offers an easy solution that utilises custom-made, nearly invisible clear trays that are used to gradually shift your teeth into the right position.

This innovative dental apparatus is growing especially popular among adults who don’t want to draw attention to their dental work or to not worry about the appearance of braces, allowing them to feel more confident and at ease in social situations. With Invisalign, this can lead to a significant boost in your self-esteem and general confidence.

Benefits of Invisalign?

  • Transparent appearance
  • Tailored comfort
  • Completely removable
  • Easy to clean
  • No-fuss eating
  • Faster outcomes in as little as 6 months
  • Enhanced oral hygiene
  • Crisper speech
  • Reduced appointments
  • Flexible treatment

Process of Invisalign Application

  1. Our iTero® ElementTM system quickly and painlessly scans your teeth in 3D, avoiding the discomfort of traditional moulds.
  2. In just a few minutes, we create a simulation of how your teeth will look before you begin treatment.
  3. As you wear Invisalign, we’ll book regular check-ups to see how your new smile is coming along.

Cost of Invisalign

Invisalign can cost starting from $3,500, which can make it even more affordable than braces in certain cases. You can reach out to our team and we’ll be able to give you a more accurate quote depending on the condition of your teeth and what needs to be remedied.

Traditional Adult Braces

Braces are the more tried-and-true (which we prefer to ‘old-fashioned’) method, using combination of metal or ceramic brackets, wires, and small o-ring elastics to gradually move teeth into the correct position.

But no matter how long braces have been around, they are still a trusted and effective method for aligning teeth, and are especially useful for patients with complex dental issues.

Although they may not be as aesthetically pleasing as clear aligners like Invisalign, braces are still highly popular among both children and adults, since their ever-lasting affordability, durability, and need for less self-discipline than Invisalign (since they cannot be removed) makes them ideal for people with significant dental problems.

Benefit of Adult Braces

  • Durable
  • Cost-Effective
  • Predictable results
  • Customisable colours
  • Potentially faster results as they cannot be removed
  • Comprehensive solution for complex orthodontic issues

Process of Braces Application

  1. Our dental team begins your orthodontic treatment by attaching brackets to your teeth using strong glue. They then connect the brackets with wire and elastic rings.
  2. The braces gently move teeth into the right place by applying pressure to each tooth once they are in place.
  3. During your orthodontic treatment, your braces will stay in place and the wires will be adjusted or replaced regularly.

Traditional Braces Cost

Typically, the cost of braces can be anywhere between $3,000 to $9,000 depending on the extent of your dental condition. Many dental insurance plans offer coverage for orthodontic treatment, but the exact amount will depend on your specific policy.

Are adult braces worth it?

Absolutely! As we’ve made clear, adult braces are nothing if not one of the most surefire ways to straighten your teeth, boost your confidence, enhance your appearance, and prevent the severe issues of tooth decay and other oral health problems. Whether you’re looking to fix your crooked teeth, improve your jaw alignment, or even stop snoring, adult braces are the way to go.

As you might probably expect, getting braces as an adult can definitely be a challenge for some. But you don’t have to worry – our trusted orthodontists are highly skilled and experienced, and will work with you to overcome any obstacles and ensure you get the smile you’ve always deserved.

Choosing Underwood Dental Care for your adult braces services

Underwood Dental Care is Brisbane’s most modern dental clinic, offering effective and compassionate dental services for people across Logan, Underwood, and beyond. Our friendly and skilled dental team provides different orthodontic options like metal, clear, and Invisalign braces to help you achieve your dream smile. We also offer flexible payment options and accept all major health funds.

Apart from braces, we offer other dental treatments like dental implants, teeth whitening, fillings, wisdom teeth removal, and more! We understand that visiting the dentist can be scary, but you don’t need to worry about that at Underwood Dental Care. Our clinic is designed to make you feel comfortable and relaxed while receiving treatment.

So, if you’re looking for a dental clinic that provides quality dental care in a soothing and friendly atmosphere, visit Underwood Dental Care today and start your journey towards achieving a perfect smile!