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There are many reasons adults decide to get braces. Perhaps their parents didn’t have the money when they were children. Maybe they’ve had a couple of chipped teeth as an adult. Perhaps, they just want a perfect smile. Whatever the reason, more adults are deciding that braces are right for them.However, there are a lot more options for strengthening your teeth than 20 years ago, so how do you choose?

Valley Ridge Dental in Lake Elmo offers Invisalign braces for adults. As a newer technology, many may not be familiar with Invisalign. In this blog post, we’ll examine Invisalign as an option for straighter teeth for adults. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!

Can Adults Have Straighter Teeth?

Some adults might think that they missed the boat on having straight teeth if they didn’t get braces as a child. Still, many want to feel good when they smile. In fact, while it is true that it is easier to move teeth as a child or a teenager since their jaws are still growing, you can still move your teeth as an adult and have a great smile.

What Are Some Reasons Adults Get Braces?

While many adults opt for adult braces for aesthetic reasons, there are many adults who get braces to correct and/or prevent future teeth problems. For example, having misaligned teeth can cause pain, affect your jaw, and be uncomfortable. Some even report biting their tongues in their sleep. Other health effects of having crooked teeth, overcrowding, or a misaligned bite include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Problems with chewing and speaking
  • Not being able to clean your teeth properly
  • Tooth enamel wear and tear
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Increased risk of periodontal disease and tooth loss
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders
  • Gastrointestinal problems because food is not chewed properly

Will Adult Braces Hurt More?

Adult braces may or may not hurt more. This depends on your pain tolerance and susceptibility to pain. Whether you are a child or an adult, orthodontics places pressure on your teeth in order to move them. Your teeth don’t want to move, so there will definitely be some form of discomfort involved.

How Long Do Adult Braces Take?

You may have to wear adult braces longer than children because of the fact your teeth are already in place, there is no spacing between your teeth, and your jaw is not growing. For adults, the average time in braces is around two years. Depending on your condition and your goals, some structural changes may require surgery.


Invisalign is one of the newest treatments to yield straight teeth. Invisalign works by creating a series of aligners or retainers that the patient wears most of the day. They can be removed to eat and to brush your teeth. Many adults are choosing Invisalign because they are virtually invisible, being clear, so people are less likely to know you are wearing them. They are easy to care for and you don’t need adjustments. Call Valley Ridge Dental in Lake Elmo to learn more!