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Reasons to Get Braces as an Adult

Article by Dr. Leaver & Dr. Gardner

Today, adults make up about one in every five orthodontic patients proving there are many reasons to get braces as an adult. Orthodontic treatment can help correct crooked teeth or spaces 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 that doesn’t make you happy.

Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics is the location for modern orthodontic treatment. We love to make you smile and offer aesthetic options like ceramic braces and Invisalign. We move teeth, but we treat people, and you’re what matters most. Say goodbye to the thoughts of painful headgear, clunky bands, and overly tight stainless steel wires. Orthodontic treatment is more comfortable at Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics compared to past decades. Check out why it’s never too late for a confident smile and how you can benefit from orthodontic treatment as an adult.

Advanced treatment options

Dental technology is always getting better. To make your new smile fast and affordable, you can get the latest orthodontic treatment at Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics. Depending on the severity of your adjustments needed, your options may include Damon metal or clear braces, and Invisalign for Teens and Adults. 

Damon Self-Ligating Braces

This technique uses metal brackets and wire similar to traditional metal braces, but instead of using elastic bands, it uses brackets that have special doors and clips that secure to the wire, meaning you’ll come to our office fewer times for adjustments. This design allows the brackets to move along the wire a bit more freely and can cause less irritation and discomfort than is commonly associated with elastic adjustments. Studies show some patients with Damon braces may finish their treatment more quickly – as much as six months sooner than they would with traditional braces.

Damon Clear Braces

Clear braces are an up-and-coming option similar to conventional metal braces. This ingenious option works just like metal braces, except that this method swaps the metal brackets for clear Damon self-ligating brackets, making them virtually undetectable. Many of our teen patients have even found that using bright-colored elastic ties can create an almost neon effect that really pops!


Clear aligners like Invisalign have really gained popularity in the last decade as technology has made them more inconspicuous, more efficient, and more budget-friendly. Similar to the post-braces retainer trays they evolved from, Invisalign clear aligners fit comfortably over your teeth and make minor adjustments over time for patients needing a “touch up” as well as for patients who have mild to moderate dental problems like misaligned teeth, large overbite, no jaw alignment problems, or those who have gaps in their front teeth- an open bite.

Invisalign Teen

We are also excited to offer a unique new Invisalign option called Invisalign Teen for our teen braces patients. The basics of Invisalign Teen are identical to regular Invisalign, except that you’ll have space left in your clear plastic aligners to make room for your adult molars that haven’t yet come in.

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 and avoid having your photo taken only to give a less-than-thrilled, lips-only grin when you can’t escape. Orthodontic treatment with one of our many braces options can help correct crooked teeth or spaces that you’ve been self-conscious about for years. 

Here at Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics, we believe that the essence of good health is 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. 

Reasons to Get Braces as an Adult

Improved overall health

Braces are instrumental in correcting misaligned teeth and 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. 

And, believe it or not, your teeth don’t stop moving as you become an adult. Teeth that were once straight and aligned in youth can and often do shift later in life. This movement, combined with normal wear from eating and such, can lead to jaw pain, trouble brushing, difficulty chewing, or abnormal wear on the surface of your teeth.

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 wear down your teeth and lead to chipping, cracking, and even total loss, which will cost you much more in the end. 

We want to fill Summerlin, Northwest Las Vegas, and the whole Las Vegas Valley 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 Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics, you’ll enjoy flexible appointment times and treatment options, but you’ll also get flexible payment options! We will even check your benefits before you arrive and give you a complete financial breakdown right away. After we’ve determined your insurance coverage and filed it for you, we’ll sit down and develop a monthly payment plan that fits your family’s budget. 

Reasons to Get Braces as an Adult

Let Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics create your best smile yet!

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 want to keep this journey more inconspicuous, prioritize comfort over aesthetics, or simply enjoy the option that gets you to your perfect smile fastest, our goal at Leaver & Gardner 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.