Four Reasons to Get Adult Braces

Today, adults make up about one in every five orthodontic patients for many reasons. Orthodontic treatment can help correct crooked teeth or spaces that you’ve been self-conscious about for years. It can give you the confidence and pride that come with straight teeth and a great smile. And, believe it or not, your teeth don’t stop moving once you stop growing. Previously straight teeth can shift later in life, creating pain, difficult brushing, and a smile you aren’t as happy with. 

Westfall Orthodontics is the location for modern orthodontic treatment. We offer aesthetic options like ceramic braces and Invisalign. We believe we can be professional but still have fun at any age. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons to get braces as an adult. 

Improved overall health

Braces are instrumental in correcting not just misaligned teeth but other dental issues that can lead to other common health problems like headaches, jaw pain, digestion issues, and even sleep apnea. They also require a little extra cleaning and care, which means your mouth will be getting better overall attention and maintenance. Having straight teeth can make this cleaning much less tricky as there will be less space for plaque and bacteria to build up, decreasing your chances of cavities, tooth decay, and even gum disease

Aesthetics and the confidence of a perfect smile

Your smile depends significantly on your teeth, and a crooked smile or misaligned bite can leave you feeling less confident when you speak or smile. You may notice you shy away from personal conversations avoid having your photo taken only to give a less-than-thrilled, lips-only grin when you can’t escape. 

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

Four Reasons to Get Adult Braces

Variety of treatment options

Dental technology is always getting better. To make your new smile fast and affordable, you can get the latest orthodontic treatment at Westfall Orthodontics. Depending on the severity of your adjustments needed, your options may include traditional metal braces, clear braces, and Invisalign, or clear aligners. 

Metal braces

Traditional metal braces are the most time and cost-effective orthodontic treatment. Modern braces are made of high-grade stainless steel brackets connected by metal wires that are gradually tightened to adjust your teeth over time. You can also personalize this option with colorful elastic bands. 

Clear braces

This treatment method works the same way their metal option works but utilizes a clear or tooth-colored ceramic instead of metal for a barely-there appearance. Older teens and adults prefer this option for the incognito approach. Still, it is worth noting that this option is more susceptible to breaking or staining depending on your eating and lifestyle habits. 


This innovative system straightens teeth without any brackets, bands, or wires, unlike braces. The Invisalign system is made of clear acrylic aligners that fit over your teeth. They are removable, making it easier to eat, drink, brush, and floss, but in order to be effective do need to be worn for about 22 hours a day during your treatment process. The trays are replaced every one to two weeks to keep consistent pressure in adjusting the teeth and jaws the way you need to get your goal smile!

Cost-Efficient- Now and Later

It’s no secret that your oral health is strongly connected to your overall health, and there’s never been a better time to consider orthodontic treatment. When combined with proper dental hygiene, braces can decrease your chances of cavities, gum disease, costly procedures like tooth extractions or specialists that treat symptoms, not culprits, and the chance of prosthetics in the future. Specific orthodontic issues like misaligned bites can actually wear down your teeth can lead to chipping, cracking, and even total loss, which will cost you much more in the end. 

We want to fill Abingdon, Bristol, and Richlands with beautiful smiles! We make every effort to ensure your treatment fits your family’s budget because financial concerns shouldn’t get in between you and your new smile. At Westfall Orthodontics, we aim to provide outstanding value for a reasonable price.

Four Reasons to Get Adult Braces

Trust your smile to Westfall Orthodontics

All treatments have their own lists of pros and cons, and we know you have a very unique set of needs with your unique smile, no matter your age. Whether you are looking to keep this journey more inconspicuous, want to prioritize comfort over aesthetics, or simply want the option that gets you to your perfect smile fastest, our goal at Westfall Orthodontics is your complete satisfaction. 

Our warm and fun offices feature advanced technology to make choosing your orthodontic treatment options a little less daunting. If you still have questions about getting braces as an adult, our happy and well-trained orthodontic team would love to meet you for your FREE consultation to get you started on your journey to a confident smile.