Your Guide to Orthodontic Treatment as an Adult

Posted on August 23, 2021 by Dr. Damon Szymanowski.

In the last several years, the team here at Szymanowski Orthodontics has seen more and more adults looking to improve their smiles with orthodontic treatment. Many of them come to us after years of feeling uncomfortable with the way their teeth look and feel, and most worry that it may be too late to do anything about it. Fortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth! You’re never too old to benefit from the customized orthodontic care we offer. Keep reading below for your guide to orthodontic treatment as an adult! 

What are the benefits of adult orthodontic treatment?

Most of our adolescent patients start treatment with braces or clear aligners because their parents have made the choice for them. While they’re often able to understand why this process is important for their smile, adults tend to have a much better understanding of how beneficial a healthy mouth can be.

This is due in part to adults being more aware of the various ways oral health is directly connected with total body health. They know that regular dental care and orthodontic treatment can have a positive impact on the teeth, gums, and whole body, too! Most adult patients are able to see orthodontic treatment for what it truly is: an emotional and financial investment that can pay off in a big way with a smile that’s healthier, happier, and much more confident! 


What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment for adults?

It’s no secret that orthodontic treatment with Szymanowski Orthodontics can help you achieve a straighter smile, but the benefits go beneath the surface, too. When your teeth are crooked or crowded, they can be more difficult to clean properly. This increases the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems. If the teeth and jaws are misaligned, it can also cause excess wear on the enamel. Over time, this may lead to chronic headaches or pain in the face, neck, or jaw.  

Orthodontic treatment with braces or clear aligners from Dr. Szymanowski will help to reduce or eliminate these symptoms. They can also protect adult patients from more serious oral issues in the future. This will often translate into a healthier smile and long-term financial savings! What adult on a budget wouldn’t appreciate that? 

What treatment options are available to adult orthodontic patients?

There’s never been a better time to be an adult orthodontic patient since there is a wide range of affordable treatment options available. Up until recent times, there were very few options for anyone looking to improve the look and feel of their teeth. Now we have multiple ways to give Sacramento patients a smile that’s beautiful and functional! Szymanowski Orthodontics is proud to offer the following treatment options for a total smile transformation.

Metal braces

Self-ligating metal braces are the most commonly used orthodontic appliance in our Sacramento office and come with a proven track record of success. They efficiently treat a variety of orthodontic issues and can be particularly useful in cases that are more severe or complex. While braces have been around for a long time, they have undergone some impressive changes in recent years. Today’s metal braces are far more comfortable, effective, and affordable than previous designs were. Since self-ligating braces don’t require adjustments, there are also fewer appointments!

Clear braces

Clear braces function the same way metal braces do, but they come with the added benefit of clear brackets. This offers an incredibly subtle way to straighten teeth, especially when paired with clear, white, or tooth-colored elastics. The ceramic brackets we use with clear braces are slightly larger and a bit more brittle than metal brackets, so we are more likely to use them on the upper front teeth than the lower teeth. Because they are much less visible than metal brackets, clear braces tend to be a popular choice with our teen and adult patients.


Instead of brackets, wires, and bands, the innovative Invisalign system uses a series of customized clear aligners to shift the teeth over time. The aligners are designed to be removed when a patient is eating, drinking anything other than water, and brushing their teeth. This gives them an extra measure of freedom and flexibility that our patients love!

Patient compliance is an essential part of treatment with Invisalign at Szymanowski Orthodontics. The aligners must be worn for 20-22 hours per day throughout the orthodontic process to successfully straighten smiles. Patients are also responsible for switching each aligner out with the next in the series every 1-2 weeks. This allows them to keep up with the movements their teeth are making. When worn as directed, Invisalign can be just as efficient as braces at treating many of the most common orthodontic issues.


Find the best fit for your smile with Szymanowski Orthodontics

Like most things in life, every treatment option will come with its own list of pros and cons. That means that not every treatment we offer will be the best choice for every patient. This is the main reason why we encourage adults interested in improving their oral health to work with an orthodontist who is highly skilled and experienced. That’s where Dr. Szymanowski comes in!

You’ll never receive cookie-cutter treatment here at Szymanowski Orthodontics. Instead, we will only recommend the most appropriate treatment for your unique needs, lifestyle, and goals. This personalized treatment plan guarantees a rewarding orthodontic journey and final results you’ll love. 

Our expert team works hard to provide patients of all ages with a stress-free experience, from the first visit to the last—and beyond! Orthodontic treatment with our Sacramento practice is not only a smart investment in a better smile, but will enhance your physical, emotional, and oral health as well. Are you ready to take the first step towards a more confident smile? Get in touch today to schedule your FREE consultation with Dr. Szymanowski!