What Orthodontic Treatments Are Available for Adult Patients?

At Norton Orthodontics, we believe it’s never too late to achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. More and more adults are discovering the benefits of orthodontic treatments, and we’re here to guide you through the options available. Whether you’re looking to boost your confidence or improve your oral health, Dr. Norton has the perfect solution for you. Let’s explore the world of adult orthodontics and the treatments that can transform your smile.

How Can Orthodontic Treatments Help Adults?

Orthodontic treatments aren’t just for teenagers anymore. As an adult, you might be surprised to learn how orthodontic care can benefit your oral health and overall well-being. Here’s why considering orthodontic treatment as an adult can be a game-changer:

  • Straighter teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
  • A beautiful smile can boost your self-esteem in both personal and professional settings.
  • Correcting misaligned teeth can improve your bite, making eating and speaking more comfortable.
  • Properly aligned teeth experience less stress, potentially reducing the need for dental work in the future.

Now that we understand the benefits let’s dive into the specific treatments available for adult patients at Norton Orthodontics.

Metal Braces

When you think of orthodontic treatment, metal braces might be the first thing that comes to mind. And for good reason – they’re a time-tested, reliable method for straightening teeth.

How They Work

Metal braces consist of small brackets attached to each tooth, connected by a thin wire. This wire is periodically tightened to guide your teeth into their ideal positions.

Benefits for Adults

  • Metal braces can correct even complex alignment issues.
  • Often the most affordable option for comprehensive treatment.
  • Made to withstand the rigors of daily life.


While metal braces are highly visible, many adults appreciate their reliability and the ability to customize with colored bands for a touch of personality.

Clear Braces

If you’re looking for something a little less noticeable than metal braces, clear braces might be the perfect middle ground.

How They Work

Clear braces function similarly to metal braces but use tooth-colored or clear brackets instead of metal ones. The wire connecting the brackets may also be tooth-colored for an even more subtle appearance.

Benefits for Adults

Blend in more with your natural tooth color.

Provide the same level of correction as metal braces.

Allow you to undergo treatment without feeling self-conscious.


While more discreet than metal braces, clear braces are still visible upon close inspection. They may also be slightly more expensive than their metal counterparts.

What Treatments are Available for Adult Orthodontic Patients?

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners have transformed orthodontics, offering adults the most discreet treatment option available.

How They Work

Clear aligners are removable trays that are custom-made to fit snugly over your teeth. You’ll receive a series of aligners, each slightly adjusting your tooth position. You’ll switch to a new set every 1-2 weeks, gradually moving your teeth into alignment.

Benefits for Adults

  • The clear plastic is virtually undetectable in social and professional settings.
  • You can take them out for eating, drinking, and special occasions.
  • No wires or brackets mean less irritation to your cheeks and gums.
  • Brushing and flossing remain simple with removable aligners.


Clear aligners require discipline to wear for the recommended 20-22 hours per day. They’re also best suited for mild to moderate alignment issues.

Choosing the Right Treatment for You

Selecting the best orthodontic treatment as an adult depends on several factors:

  • Severity of Your Case: More complex issues might require traditional braces.
  • Lifestyle Considerations: Clear aligners offer more flexibility for adults with active social lives.
  • Budget: Metal braces are often the most cost-effective for comprehensive treatment.
  • Treatment Duration: Dr. Norton can advise on the expected treatment times for each option.

Maintaining Your Smile During Treatment

Regardless of the treatment you choose, maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial:

  • Brush Thoroughly: Pay extra attention to areas around brackets or under aligner edges.
  • Floss Daily: Use floss threaders or water flossers to clean between teeth with braces.
  • Watch Your Diet: Avoid sticky or hard foods with braces, and remove aligners before eating or drinking anything but water.
  • Attend Regular Check-ups: These appointments are essential for monitoring progress and making necessary adjustments.

The Importance of Retainers

After your active treatment concludes, wearing a retainer becomes crucial to maintain your new smile. Your orthodontist will provide specific instructions on retainer use, which typically involves full-time wear initially, meaning you might need to wear your retainer all day and night. Eventually, you may transition to wearing your retainer only while sleeping. It’s important to understand that some level of retainer use is often recommended indefinitely to prevent teeth from shifting back to their original positions. This lifetime commitment to retainer use is key to preserving the results of your orthodontic treatment.

What Treatments are Available for Adult Orthodontic Patients?

Start Your Adult Orthodontic Journey at Norton Orthodontics

Ready to explore your options for a straighter, healthier smile with Dr. Norton? Contact Norton Orthodontics today to schedule your consultation. Our experienced team in Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, and Bonita Springs is ready to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Remember, it’s never too late to invest in yourself and your oral health!