Adult Orthodontics

Crawford Orthodontic Care

Orthodontist Located in Norcross, Duluth, Cumming, Stockbridge, Lithia Springs & Kennesaw, GA

As an adult, your priorities and needs are different than they were as a child — and that means your teeth straightening is different, too. Keith Crawford, DMD, and the team at Crawford Orthodontic Care have extensive specialized training in adult orthodontics, and they’re ready to help you at their six locations in Lithia Springs, Stockbridge, Kennesaw, Duluth, and Norcross, Georgia. Call the office nearest you for an appointment today.

Adult Orthodontics Q & A

Why do adults start orthodontic care?

There are many reasons adults start orthodontic treatment in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond. Some adults started orthodontic treatment as a child or teenager, but never completed it, so they want to finally get the straight teeth they’re always wanted.

Many adults choose to begin orthodontic care because it’s a big aesthetic enhancement. Knowing that your teeth are straight and stunning makes it easy to beam a self-assured smile to everyone you meet.

Feeling better about your appearance can be beneficial in the workplace, in your relationships, and in every aspect of your life.

Of course, there are also very practical benefits to adult orthodontic care. Straight teeth are less likely to develop tooth decay and are more likely to preserve your jaw and facial structure.

What are my options for adult braces?

Crawford Orthodontic Care offers three main options for teeth alignment:

Metal braces

Metal braces may be a little different than you’re thinking. The brackets are now quite small and thin, and the wires are strong but lightweight. But if you just don’t want metal, there are a couple of other choices.

Clear braces

Clear braces have transparent ceramic brackets, which are bigger than metal brackets. Generally, ceramic braces are more fragile than metal braces, but they’re a good choice when appearance is a major concern.


Aligners aren’t technically braces, but they do the same job. Aligners are clear trays, typically made of smooth lightweight acrylic, that you wear for 20-22 hours daily. Many adults like aligners because they’re invisible and also removable for eating and brushing.

The Crawford Orthodontic Care team can help you evaluate all the choices during your braces consultation.

How is orthodontic care different as an adult?

The biggest difference between childhood and adult orthodontics is that your jawbone is fully developed as an adult. That means your jaw is less flexible and could mean a longer path to teeth straightening.

In cases of severe jaw alignment problems, you might need corrective jaw surgery to properly balance your jaw before you get braces.

Adults are also more likely to have periodontal disease, worn teeth, and missing teeth, all of which can require immediate attention before you start your orthodontic treatment.

Braces can revitalize your smile, so reach out to Crawford Orthodontic Care by phone to learn how they can help you.