A Guide To Adult Orthodontic Treatment

Thanks in part to an increasing range of affordable and effective treatment options, more adults than ever have been improving their oral health with orthodontics. Although teenagers still make up the largest percentage of orthodontic patients, we’re seeing more and more children and adults coming in for orthodontic procedures! Here at Orthodontics of South Miami, we’re proud to create beautiful smiles for patients of all ages in Miami and South Florida. If you’ve spent years of your life feeling unhappy with how your teeth look, feel, or function, we’ve got great news—it’s never too late to begin your journey to a healthier, more confident smile! To learn more about the customized orthodontic care available to adult patients, read on below.

Why is orthodontics becoming more popular with adults? 

Most of our adolescent patients undergo orthodontic treatment because their parents have chosen it for them after consulting with Dr. Rothenberg or Dr. Ross. Younger patients are certainly able to understand the importance of treatment and most are thrilled with the final results! However, the truth is that adults will often have a better understanding of how a healthier smile can positively impact their lives. 

Adults also tend to be more aware of the ways our oral health can impact our total body health. This leads many of them to seek out dental or orthodontic treatment that will keep their teeth and gums in the best shape possible! As an adult patient, you’ll be able to truly grasp what orthodontic treatment is: an investment of your time and finances that will pay off with a beautiful smile, improved health, and increased self-confidence.

Improving your oral health with orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment is incredibly effective at straightening teeth, but the benefits extend far beyond aesthetics! Crooked or crowded teeth can make it difficult to brush and floss effectively, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Misalignment can also cause excess wear on the teeth and enamel, which may lead to chronic headaches, jaw aches, and other pain in the face and neck. 

Orthodontic treatment will help address these symptoms. Not only that but using braces and aligners now can protect you from developing serious oral health problems down the line! This can mean significant financial savings, which is something that tends to be appreciated by adult patients across the board.

Treatment that fits your budget

There’s never been a better time to be an orthodontic patient! Achieving a confident smile is more affordable than ever, thanks to a variety of innovative treatment options. Orthodontics of South Miami offers flexible payment options to suit every budget, including interest-free installment plans. Multiple family discounts may also apply. 

For your convenience, we accept most credit and debit cards. We can even set monthly auto payments up from your bank! If you have a Flexible or Health Savings Account or insurance coverage, we’ll be sure to take this into account as well. We’ll even help you file any claims if you intend on using insurance to cover your treatment. And don’t worry— we’ll ensure you completely understand every fee included in your treatment plan before we move forward with fitting you for braces or aligners. 

Treatment options for every lifestyle

Not so long ago, there weren’t many treatment choices for those looking to improve their smile. Today we have multiple ways to align the teeth and jaws! Our practice is proud to offer the following treatment options for a complete smile transformation.


With this innovative system, no brackets and wires are required to move your teeth! Instead, Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to help patients achieve a healthier smile. These customized plastic aligners are completely removable, offering patients an extra measure of freedom and flexibility they love. 

Patient compliance is an essential part of treatment with Invisalign—the aligners must be worn for 20-22 hours per day throughout the orthodontic process. They’re also designed to be switched out with the next aligner in the series every 1-2 weeks to keep up with the movement of the teeth. When worn as directed, Invisalign can be just as efficient as braces at treating many of the most common orthodontic issues. 

Metal braces

Traditional metal braces are the most frequently used orthodontic appliance for a reason—they have a proven track record of successfully correcting a wide range of orthodontic issues. Though they’ve been around for a long time now, braces have undergone a major makeover in recent years–They’re now more comfortable, effective, and aesthetically pleasing than ever before! Metal braces are one of our most cost-efficient options and can be particularly useful in cases that are complex or severe. 

Clear braces

Sometimes called ceramic braces, these function in the same way metal braces do but come with the added benefit of clear brackets. When paired with clear, white, or tooth-colored bands, they’re an incredibly subtle way to straighten the teeth! Because they’re far less visible than their metal counterparts, clear braces are popular with image-conscious teens and adults. The ceramic brackets are slightly larger and a bit more brittle than the metal ones, so we tend to use them on the upper front teeth more often than the lower teeth. 

A Guide To Adult Orthodontic Treatment

Get the smile you deserve with Orthodontics of South Miami

Every treatment option will have its own list of pros and cons, and not every treatment will be suitable for every patient. Working with experienced orthodontists like Dr. Rothenberg and Dr. Ross guarantees you’ll receive only the best treatment for your unique smile!  

If you’ve been waiting a lifetime to take the first step towards a healthier smile, the last thing you want is cookie-cutter treatment. Our team builds individualized treatment plans for each patient that are based on your specific needs, lifestyle, and goals. 

Our goal is to give you a rewarding and stress-free experience, from your first visit to your last. We want you to feel right at home from the moment you walk through our door and work hard to provide patients with a warm and welcoming environment. 

Are you ready to get started on the confident smile you deserve? Get in touch today to schedule a FREE consultation at our Miami office!