What Factors Should Adults Consider When Choosing a Teeth-Straightening Treatment?

It seems like the draw of a straight, white smile is stronger than ever before. With Instagram setting new standards left and right, what influencers usually have in common is rows of perfect, straight teeth. Straight teeth do have health benefits, including the ability to chew more thoroughly and the emotional boost to your self-confidence. Straight teeth are also easier to clean, which dramatically reduces your risk of developing gum disease. 

Straightening your teeth is great not only for your oral health, but can reduce your chances of headaches and tension in your jaw. At Millennium Park Orthodontics, our team is led by Howard Spector, DDS, a skilled and experienced practitioner who specializes in a variety of orthodontic solutions for crooked or crowded teeth. Choosing a teeth-straightening treatment should only be done by a licensed and trusted orthodontist, and we can help you.

Do I really need braces as an adult?

It’s understandable that you might have questions, or be uncomfortable with the idea of having braces as an adult. Braces are still associated with children and teens, and you may feel they’ll put a damper on your social life or work situations. But more people than ever are seeking orthodontic treatment to correct their smiles and their bites, so you’ll be far from alone when you’re ready for Dr. Spector’s offerings. 

How do I choose the right treatment for me?

Traditional metal braces are still the most commonly-prescribed orthodontic for everyone. This doesn’t mean that this is your only option, though. Millennium Park Orthodontics offers several other ways to straighten your teeth:

You can anticipate that your straightening treatment will take time, sometimes years.

The only way to know for sure which treatment is best for your teeth is through a consultation with Dr. Spector. During your consultation, he asks about your medical history and works with your regular dentist if you have medical issues that may affect your ability to receive certain types of treatment. Once we understand everything we need to know about you and your medical history, we can make an informed decision and recommend appropriate orthodontic treatments.

I’m still not sure that I want or need braces

That’s OK! Part of the reason we offer consultations is so that we don’t treat a patient who really doesn’t need these specific services. Many adults benefit from our treatments, and we consider your lifestyle as we recommend options for you. Keep in mind that your orthodontics plan may only involve treating one part of your mouth, and we’ll be there every step of the way to guide you as you progress towards your goal of a straight smile. 


We’re always happy to assist with teeth-straightening issues and questions. We can help you work through all the factors you need to consider before getting braces. Give us a call, or use our online scheduling tool to make an appointment at your convenience.

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