It's Never Too Late To Improve Your Smile!

Adult patients face unique concerns and challenges when considering orthodontic treatment. Whether you’d be too self-conscious to wear braces or need a discreet solution in your role as a professional, many adult patients come to us feeling like their dream smile is out of reach. Dr. Chris Cramer, our board-certified orthodontist in Denton & Krum, TX, is committed to providing tailored solutions that cater to the needs of adult patients. Whether it’s for professional advancement, improved oral health, or personal confidence, we believe it’s never too late to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.

Why Seek Orthodontic Care As An Adult?

Choosing to undergo orthodontic treatment as an adult can lead to significant improvements in both oral health and quality of life. Straighter teeth are easier to clean which reduces the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Orthodontic treatment can also alleviate issues such as jaw pain and improper bite, which can lead to long-term dental problems. Moreover, achieving a straighter smile can boost self-esteem, making a positive impact on social interactions and professional opportunities.

Dr Cramer smiling with adult patient with braces

What Treatment Options Are Available To Adult Patients?

Cramer Orthodontics appreciates that no orthodontic treatment plan follows a “one size fits all” approach, especially when it comes to the unique needs of adult patients. That’s why Dr. Cramer ensures we offer patients plenty of options to choose from to best fit their goals and lifestyles. Our key consideration for adults is providing treatments that offer discretion, convenience and comfort.  


Invisalign is a discreet and removable clear aligner system, and is one of the most popular treatment options amongst our adult patients. Clear aligners are best suited to those with mild to moderate alignment issues, offering the convenience of being nearly invisible and flexibility to eat and drink without restrictions. Regular appointments with Dr. Cramer ensure your treatment stays on track, making it a convenient option for busy adults.

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Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are an excellent alternative for adults who prefer a less noticeable option to metal braces. These braces use tooth-colored or clear brackets, blending seamlessly with your natural teeth. Ideal for adults with moderate alignment issues, ceramic braces offer both aesthetics and functionality. However, they require more meticulous oral hygiene, as they can stain more easily than metal braces so you’ll need to go easy on the red wine and coffee during treatment!

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Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are attached to the back of your teeth and are virtually invisible from the outside. They are tailored for adults who seek an inconspicuous treatment method without compromising on effectiveness. Lingual braces are ideal for those with moderate orthodontic needs and who may be self-conscious about wearing visible braces.

Your Orthodontic Journey With Dr. Cramer

Are you wondering what your journey to that beautiful smile might look like? Our process here at Cramer Orthodontics is individualised to each patient but it generally involves several key steps:

  1. Consultation and Evaluation: A comprehensive assessment with Dr. Cramer, including a discussion of your goals and a thorough dental examination.
  2. Customized Treatment Plan: Creation of a personalized plan, detailing the proposed treatment and expected timeline.
  3. Initiating Treatment: Placement of braces or delivery of your first set of aligners.
  4. Ongoing Adjustments and Monitoring: Regular appointments for adjustments or new aligners, ensuring steady progress.
  5. Maintenance and Care: Guidance on how to care for your braces or aligners and maintain oral hygiene.
  6. Final Assessment and Retention: Once your goals are achieved, removal of braces or completion of Invisalign treatment, followed by retention solutions to maintain your new smile.
A patient receiving Invisalign treatment in Denton, TX

Deciding Whether Orthodontic Treatment is Right For You

While almost any adult can seek orthodontics, these factors help determine the effectiveness and suitability of orthodontic procedures. Here are key attributes of an ideal adult candidate:

  1. Overall Good Oral Health: Adults considering orthodontic treatment should generally have healthy teeth and gums. This means a low incidence of active gum disease (periodontitis), untreated tooth decay (cavities), or other significant dental health issues. Healthy oral tissues respond better to the movements induced by orthodontic treatments.

  2. Stable Periodontal Condition: Adults are more susceptible to periodontal (gum) issues than children. Before commencing orthodontic treatment, any existing periodontal disease should be well-managed or treated. Stable gum health is crucial to support the movement of teeth during orthodontic procedures.

  3. Bone Density Adequate for Tooth Movement: In adults, bone density plays a significant role in orthodontics. The bones must be dense enough to support tooth movement and yet adaptable enough to allow it. This is assessed through dental examinations and X-rays.

  4. Realistic Expectations and Commitment: Adult orthodontic treatment can sometimes take longer than pediatric or adolescent orthodontics. Candidates should have realistic expectations about treatment duration, potential discomfort, and the level of commitment required for maintaining oral hygiene and attending regular orthodontic appointments.

  5. Non-Smokers or Willing to Quit: Smoking can impede the success of orthodontic treatment by reducing blood flow to the gums and delaying tooth movement. Ideally, candidates should be non-smokers or willing to quit smoking to improve treatment outcomes.

  6. No Habits that Can Impede Treatment: Habits such as bruxism (teeth grinding), nail-biting, or using teeth as tools can hinder orthodontic treatment. Candidates should be either free of such habits or willing to address them during treatment.

  7. Specific Orthodontic Issues: Candidates often seek treatment for issues such as crowding, spacing, overbite, underbite, crossbite, or other misalignments that affect their oral health and aesthetics.

  8. No Unresolved Jaw Growth Issues: Since adult jaws have stopped growing, candidates with severe jaw misalignments might require different treatment approaches compared to children or teenagers. Orthognathic surgery, in combination with orthodontics, might be necessary in such cases.

Each individual’s situation is unique, and a thorough evaluation by Dr. Cramer is essential to determine the most suitable and effective treatment plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is it too late to get braces as an adult?

A: It is never too late to start orthodontic treatment. Adults of any age can benefit from braces or aligners, as long as their gums and teeth are healthy. Many adults find that orthodontic treatment not only improves the appearance of their smile but also addresses functional issues like bite alignment, which can improve overall oral health.

Q: How long does adult orthodontic treatment take?

A: The duration of orthodontic treatment in adults varies depending on the complexity of the case, the type of treatment chosen, and the patient’s compliance with the treatment plan. Generally, treatment can last from 18 months to 3 years. Adults may sometimes require a slightly longer treatment time than children or teenagers due to the maturity of their jawbones and gums.

Q: Will braces affect my professional life?

A: Braces should have minimal impact on your professional life. With advancements in orthodontic options, such as clear aligners and ceramic braces, treatments can be almost invisible. Moreover, adults often find that the long-term benefits of improved dental health and aesthetics outweigh any temporary inconvenience during the treatment period.

Q: How do I manage oral hygiene with braces or aligners?

A: Good oral hygiene is crucial during orthodontic treatment. For braces, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to brush around each wire and bracket. Floss daily using a floss threader or a water flosser. For aligners, remove them for eating and drinking anything other than water, and clean them regularly as instructed by your orthodontist.

Q: Are orthodontic treatments painful?

A: Some discomfort is normal, especially after adjustments or when switching to a new set of aligners. This discomfort is usually temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. If you experience prolonged or severe pain, it’s important to consult with Dr. Cramer.

Q: How often will I need check-ups?

A: Regular check-ups, typically every 4-6 weeks, are necessary to monitor progress and make adjustments to your braces or to move to the next set of aligners. These appointments are crucial for ensuring your treatment is progressing as planned.

Q: Will I need to avoid any foods?

A: With ceramic or lingual braces, you need to avoid hard, sticky, and chewy foods that can damage the braces. With Invisalign or other clear aligners, you can eat your favorite foods by simply removing the aligners while eating.

Q: Can I get braces if I’ve had previous dental work?

A: Yes, adults with previous dental work, like fillings or crowns, can still get braces or aligners. Your orthodontist will assess your specific situation and adjust the treatment plan accordingly to accommodate previous dental work.

Adult Orthodontic Care That Doesn't Interfere With Your Life!

At Cramer Orthodontics in Denton & Krum, TX, we’re dedicated to providing adults with personalized, effective orthodontic solutions that address the unique challenges they face. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards a healthier, more confident smile!