Adults Braces: Everything You Need to Know

As a Sunshine Coast Dentist, one of the questions we get asked frequently is ‘can you get braces as an adult?’ The answer is YES. Dental braces are generally used to straighten crowded or misaligned teeth and line up the jaw for an even bite. They have a high success rate and provide many oral health benefits that go beyond having a perfect smile.

There are many adult braces options available today other than traditional metal braces. The modern designed braces for adults also don’t cause any physical and social inconvenience. Thus, if you are planning to correct your dental misalignments with braces, then here is everything you need to know about braces for adults.

A] Signs You Need Braces

Today, it is an increasingly common sight to see many adults with braces. It could be either for cosmetic or health reasons. However, if you are confused about whether you need braces or not, then here are a few signs that can help you determine.

  • Crooked or crowded teeth: The issue of visibly crooked or crowded teeth can be corrected with adult braces. For many adults, a perfect smile helps boost confidence. Likewise, it also helps them to maintain good oral hygiene.
  • Gap and space: Adult Orthodontics are also used to treat tooth gap or space between your teeth. The issue of space is caused by missing teeth while some adults with a large jaw can have a tooth gap.
  • Jaw Pain: Crowded or misalignment of teeth can cause jaw pain. So, if this is the reason, then your dentist might suggest braces for correcting the problem.
  • Difficulty in Eating or Speaking: Another sign that you need braces is if you are facing difficulty in eating or speaking. It can be due to misalignment of teeth and cause issues such as openbite, overbite, crossbite or underbite.

B] Things Adults Should Know Before Getting Braces

  • Strong Teeth and Jaws: Getting braces as an adult require you to have a set of strong teeth and healthy jaw bone, which helps prevent issues like tooth decay, gum disease, among others.
  • Oral Hygiene: With braces, you need to be much more attentive of your oral hygiene to keep your teeth and gums free from plaque.
  • Severe misalignment of teeth: Compared to a child or an adolescent, correcting severe misalignment of teeth using adult braces can be complicated and may require oral surgery. This, however, depends on the person’s age and overall dental health.
  • Other dental treatments: If you are not practising good oral hygiene, you might need other dental treatments before you could get braces. It could be as simple as a tooth filling, or it could be a root canal.
  • Be mindful of the foods you eat: To prevent braces from breaking or coming loose, avoid food items such as hard/sticky candy, chewy foods, ice-cubes, popcorn, soft drinks, etc.

Further reading: Best and worst foods for your teeth

C] Adult Orthodontics: Types of Braces For Adults

  • Traditional braces: These are silver brackets with wires ideal for vertical realignment. They allow continuous tooth movement even during eating and cleaning the teeth. Also, since traditional braces are cemented, you won’t lose it or forget to wear it.
  • Lingual braces: These are placed behind your teeth which makes it well-suited for image-conscious working professionals. They are similar to traditional braces. However, they are almost invisible. Plus, any discolouration from wearing braces will be on the inside of the teeth.
  • Self-ligating braces: While traditional braces use elastic to keep the archwire on the bracket, self-ligating braces have a door mechanism to hold the archwire. This reduces discomfort and minimizes the risk of food particles getting trapped. Also, the treatment time is shorter compared to traditional braces.
  • Clear braces: This too is similar to traditional braces. But, since ceramic is used instead of metal, it blends in with the natural colour of your teeth making it look less noticeable.
  • Invisalign (Clear aligners): These are a popular choice for adult braces as they are nearly invisible. You can remove them while eating, drinking or cleaning the teeth. However, clear aligners are suitable only for adults who have a stable bite and have minor teeth crowding.

Do you need adult orthodontic treatment? Click here to learn more or schedule an appointment.

D] Adult Orthodontics: Short-term and Long-term Risks

  1. Short-term Risks
  • Braces can interfere with the way you masticate food.
  • It can promote the growth of bacteria and plaque as the small spaces created by braces around the teeth can trap food particles. This can cause tooth decay, gum disease and damage your enamel.
  • It can lead to discolouration, leaving white marks on your teeth known as de-calcification.
  • There might be some soft tissue injuries and you may feel some sensitivity when the braces (metal or wire) come in close contact with your inner gums, cheeks, and lips.
  • In rare cases, due to the materials used in dental braces, some patients may experience an allergic reaction.
  1. Long-term Risks
  • Shorter root lengths: During the dental braces treatment procedure as the teeth move, some of the bone in the path may dissolve and be replaces with new bone. It can cause permanent loss of root lengths, leading to less stable teeth. This, however, doesn’t cause any issues.
  • Loss of correction: After the braces are removed, your dentist will give you a retainer device which will help maintain the position of the teeth. If you don’t wear this or follow any of the other instructions give by the dentist, chances are you might lose some of the correction.


The newly aligned teeth will take time to adjust to the bone and tissue. For at least a year after the braces are removed, using retainers are important to maintain the position of the teeth. There are two types of retainers available: fixed retainers and removable retainers. These are customised for you and made from the mould of your mouth & teeth. And, the material used to make it can be metal or plastic or both.

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FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are braces painful?

When braces are applied to the teeth, it doesn’t hurt. But you might feel mild soreness, throbbing or discomfort after the placement and during & after the adjustments. If the pain persists, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever.

  • How long do you have to wear braces?

The reason why individual wear braces differ, so there is no exact duration for the treatment. Typically, it can take anywhere from 12 months to up to three years to complete the treatment.

  • How do you know if you need braces?

Some of the signs that indicate you need braces are crooked and crowded teeth, jaw pain, eating & chewing problem, impaired speech, tooth gap and space issue.

  • Is it weird for adults to have braces?

Since more and more adults are wearing braces today, it is not weird at all. Plus, the different braces options for adults make it inconspicuous.

  • Does braces make your teeth weak?

No, they don’t. After the braces are fitted, your teeth might feel loose as they begin to shift, and there might be a few spaces where none existed before, but this is quite normal.

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Adarsh (Principal Dentist)


Adarsh (A-Dash) is the principal dentist at Oris Dental. Adarsh graduated as a dentist in 1996 from the University of Mumbai (Bombay, India). He entered private practice as an assistant dentist in one of the leading practices in Mumbai from 1996-2002. The practice offered all aspects of dentistry with the exception of Orthodontics. This prompted Adarsh to pursue a post graduate degree in Orthodontics and successfully completed the 3 year Full time the master’s program from University of Mumbai (Bombay, India) in 2005. Since then, Adarsh has been in private practice both as a general dentist and an orthodontist. He also served as teaching faculty at University in Mumbai for 3 yrs and when in India, he has been ‘the dentist’ to many dentists!! In 2008, Adarsh took the Australian Dental Council exam for direct recognition of his skill in Australia. He successfully completed the exams in the first attempt and moved to Australia early 2009. He has been in private practice in Australia since Jan 2009. Oris Dental was set up in Minyama in 2011. Oris Dental is now over 8 years old and is growing to be a well-respected practice in the area. He is particularly interested in Cosmetic dentistry Dental implants and Orthodontics. Adarsh hopes to use all the experience he has gained in the past 22 years, to offer the best in dentistry to all his patients in this practice. Adarsh believes in spreading smiles and has successfully designed smiles and in doing so improved the lives and self-confidence of many Sunshine Coast locals (Take a look at our Smile gallery!). Adarsh is an active member of the Australian Dental Association since 2009 He held the post of Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics in Mumbai University before moving to Australia. He is a Life member of the Indian Dental Association, serving as the General Secretary of the Association (Mumbai City Chapter) 2007-2009 He is Life member of the Indian Orthodontic Society. He is Candidate for Membership Examination MRACDS (Ortho) and plans to complete his membership exams soon. Adarsh is also currently pursuing his Diploma in Implant dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons(Edinburgh). Adarsh has recently complete intensive training in implant placement and restoration in Neoss and TRI (Swiss) Implant system. He is married to Prachi for 15yrs and they have a 11 yr old son – Aarjav, a little daughter Aria who has just started prep and Daisy the mad Lab pup! He is currently learning to play Tennis and Badminton and loves watching the cricket!

Prachi (Owner/ Dentist)


Prachi is the director, part time dentist at Oris Dental. Prachi graduated in 2002 from Nair hospital dental college, Mumbai (Bombay, India), one of the leading dental schools in Asia. She then worked in multiple private practices across Mumbai (Bombay, India). While working as a dentist in various practices she picked up the positives from them and implemented them into this practice at Oris Dental. She is very friendly by nature and is particularly good at handling children, preventive dentistry and hygiene. Prachi moved to Australia in 2009. Prachi has there on completed her Australian Dental council exams successfully in early 2011 and is now ready to bring in her 12 years of experience to Oris Dental. Prachi also serves as a part time dentist at the Oral Health Services Sunshine Coast in Caloundra Kawana and Nambour as needed.

Davina (Dentist)


Davina is the latest addition to the Oris dental family. After completing her bachelor’s degree form the University of Queensland, Davina has been in private practice in an around the Sunshine coast for a year. Davina is very highly recommended by her previous employers. Davina shows exemplary skills in building a great relationship and rapport with her patients and is well regarded by her peers. We are happy to have Davina as a part of our practice and hope her friendly personality will shine through to all our patients.

Lise Slack (Dental Hygienist)

Lise Stack

Our dental hygienist Lise Slack is a trained member of the dental team who works together with your dentist in preventing gum diseases and dental decay.

Lise joined OrisDental in 2015 and has worked extensively in private specialist practices. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1982 and has had specific training and exposure to an extensive range of periodontal conditions and treatment modalities.

Lise’s dad was a professor in dentistry and this is where her love of teeth comes from. She has invented two specialist oral care products which are available in Australia and several international countries. Lise has also lectured at international dental conferences on the maintenance of dental implants and how to help patients care for their teeth once they have contracted periodontitis.

Both adults and children can benefit from having an appointment with a dental hygienist as they are taught how dental diseases occur and how it can be prevented or managed.

Lise is married to Sam and they have two daughters. They value their family time and love adventurous outdoor sports.

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jess has been a part of Oris Dental from the outset in 2011. Always cheerful and welcoming Jess is the star amongst our patients at our practice. If you cannot find Jess in the practice she will be at the beach!

Debra (Receptionist)

Debra (Receptionist)

Debra is the pleasant voice that greets you when you phone the practice. Debra has over 30 years of experience in the dental field and it wont take you long to realize that she absolutely enjoys what she does. Debra is primarily involved in reception duties but is also a certified dental assistant and can seamlessly switch roles when needed. Debra ensures that the workflow of the practice is maintained and ensure that high practice standards our maintained. Debra is playing an active role in us achieving practice accreditation.

Tayla (Dental Assistant)

tayla (Dental Assistant)

Tayla is the latest addition to our practice but comes with a load of experience. Tayla has an endearing personality and absolutely loves talking with patients and meeting new people. Tayla is highly qualified and has a Cert 3 and Cert 4 in Dental assisting in Dental Radiology and is looking forward to welcoming you to our practice.

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    Dr. Param Dass

    Dr. Param Dass

    Param Dass graduated with a Bachelor in Dentistry from the University of Otago, NZ in 2005. He went on to complete his Bachelor in Medicine from the University of Auckland NZ in 2010.

    Param started working part time in our practice since 2015 with special interest in surgical procedures including Dental implants and bone grafting procedures, Surgical extractions including Wisdom teeth and other minor surgical procedures.

    Param is well known for being gentle and caring in treating patients with dental anxiety and maintains a calm demeanour.

    He is also well trained in working with patients with various levels of anxiety, offering dental treatment under Happy Gas, Twilight sedation or under Full general anaesthetic.

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Brayden is a new addition to the Oris Team. He hails from North Queensland, having completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at JCU Cairns, practicing in Hobart and outreach dentistry from Mount Isa over the course of his studies. Brayden enjoys becoming a part of a community and enjoys the outdoors and sport in his spare time. Having only recently moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Brayden is enthusiastic and well versed in all aspects of basic general dentistry and looks forward to bringing North Queensland hospitality to the South East.