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The Scoop on Getting Braces as an Adult

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, approximately 25% of all patients currently undergoing orthodontic treatment are adults. There are many reasons why you may be considering having orthodontic treatment for the very first time in your adult years, or even for a second time if you wore braces as an adolescent, but have seen your teeth change since then.  Previously straight teeth can shift later in life, creating pain, difficulty brushing, and a smile you’re not 100% happy with.

Adult orthodontic treatment can help correct the crowded or crooked teeth and/or excess spaces you’ve been self-conscious about for years.  It can correct bite issues that may be contributing to chewing difficulty, jaw pain, enamel wear, and/or problems with your gum tissue and bone support.

At Parkside Orthodontics, the premier location for Portland area braces, we offer the most modern, comfortable orthodontic treatment just a phone call away.  We move teeth, but we treat people, so you’re the most important part of the process.  Helping you achieve your smile goals in the least visible, most efficient, and comfortable manner is our top priority.  Say goodbye to thoughts of painful headgear, gigantic metal braces, and overly tight stainless-steel wires.  We love to make you smile so we offer the most aesthetic options and utilize only the most advanced technology, such as ceramic braces and Invisalign clear aligners.  The Clarity Advanced™ Ceramic braces we use are small, translucent, stain-resistant brackets designed to blend in with your natural tooth color and their smooth, rounded corners improve comfort by reducing rubbing. Invisalign® is a state-of-the-art alternative to braces that is virtually undetectable to other people.  A series of clear, removable aligners are used to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets.  The aligners are made with 3-D computer imaging technology, based on Dr. Kuperstein’s expertise.

It’s never too late to have the confident smile and comfortable, healthy bite you’ve always wanted.  Check out these other ways you can benefit from orthodontic treatment as an adult.

Improving Overall Health

You likely already know that your oral health is strongly connected to your overall health. Braces or Invisalign are instrumental in correcting misaligned teeth and other dental issues that can contribute to common health problems like headaches, jaw pain, and digestion issues.   And since they require a little extra cleaning and care, your mouth will be getting better overall attention and maintenance.  Having straight teeth makes cleaning much easier and there will be less space for plaque and bacteria to build up, reducing your chances of developing cavities, tooth decay, and even gum disease.

Boosting Aesthetics and Confidence

Your teeth play a significant role in your smile. A crooked smile or misaligned bite can leave you feeling less confident when you speak or smile.  Shying away from personal conversations and avoiding being photographed, or only flashing that not-so-thrilled, lips closed grin when you can’t escape the camera can all be remedied.

Here at Parkside Orthodontics, we believe that helping people feel good about themselves is the essence of good health.  Orthodontics is more than just straightening teeth.  It builds self-esteem and self-confidence and will nurture this kind of good health.

Broader Range of Treatment Options

Technology in orthodontics is always improving.  To make reaching your new smile goals fast and affordable, you can get the latest technology and most advanced treatment at Parkside Orthodontics.  Depending on the severity of the adjustments your teeth need, your options may include traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, or Invisalign.

Preventative for Cost-Efficiency

There’s never been a better time to consider orthodontic treatment.  When combined with proper dental hygiene, orthodontic treatment can decrease your chances of cavities, gum disease, and costly procedures like crowns, root canals, and tooth extractions.  Specific orthodontic issues such as misaligned bites can contribute to enamel wear and lead to chipping, cracking, and even tooth loss, all of which cost you more in the long run.

Orthodontic treatment is one of the best investments you can make in your appearance, health, and confidence!  At Parkside Orthodontics we believe financial considerations should not be an obstacle to achieving the healthy smile you deserve.  We are sensitive to the fact that different people have different financial needs and we take these into account when arranging a payment schedule. We offer flexible, in-office, interest-free payment plans and make every effort to ensure your treatment fits within your budget. We also offer a discount if you pay in full at the start of your treatment.

Pros & Cons

There are pros and cons to each of the various orthodontic treatment options and we know you have your own unique set of needs with your unique smile, regardless of your age.  Whether it’s keeping your journey more inconspicuous, prioritizing comfort over aesthetics, or the desire for whichever option gets you to your new smile in the speediest timeframe, our goal is your complete satisfaction.


If you still have questions about getting braces as an adult or are ready to get started on your Portland braces journey and live in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area, please give our office a call to schedule your FREE consultation.  Our happy and highly-trained orthodontic team would love to meet you and help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.