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A Comprehensive Guide to Adult Orthodontics Treatment

A Comprehensive Guide to Adult Orthodontics Treatment


While once primarily associated with teenagers, adult orthodontics is becoming increasingly popular. More and more adults are choosing to straighten their teeth, not just for aesthetic reasons, but also for the numerous benefits it offers to oral health and overall well-being.

This comprehensive guide provides all the information you need to know about adult orthodontics.

Why Choose Adult Orthodontics?

There are many reasons why adults might choose to undergo orthodontic treatment. Some of the most common reasons are.

  • Improve the appearance of your smile
    A straight smile can boost your self-confidence and make you feel more attractive.
  • Correct misaligned teeth
    Misaligned teeth can be difficult to clean and maintain, increasing the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems.
  • Improve your bite
    A misaligned bite can lead to jaw pain, headaches, and other problems. Orthodontic treatment can help to correct your bite and improve your overall oral health.
  • Prevent future dental problems
    Orthodontic treatment can help to prevent the need for more complex dental work in the future.

Available Treatment Options for Adults

There are a variety of orthodontic treatment options available for adults.

  • Traditional metal braces
    These are the most common type of braces and are effective for correcting a wide range of dental problems.
  • Ceramic braces
    These braces are made of tooth-coloured ceramic material and are less noticeable than metal braces.
  • Lingual braces
    These braces are attached to the back of your teeth and are completely invisible from the front.
  • Clear aligners
    These are removable appliances that are made of a clear plastic material and are virtually invisible.

The best treatment option for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences.

Benefits of Adult Orthodontics

Adult orthodontics offers a variety of benefits.

  • Improved oral health
    Orthodontic treatment can help to improve your oral health by making it easier to clean your teeth and gums. This can help to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems.
  • Enhanced aesthetics
    A straight smile can boost your self-confidence and make you feel more attractive.
  • Improved bite function
    Orthodontic treatment can help to correct your bite and improve your ability to chew food and speak clearly.
  • Reduced risk of sleep apnea
    In some cases, orthodontic treatment can help to reduce the risk of sleep apnea.
  • Improved quality of life
    Adult orthodontics can improve your overall quality of life by giving you a straighter smile and better oral health.

What to Expect During Treatment

The length of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the severity of your case and the type of treatment you choose. However, most adult orthodontic treatment plans last between 12 and 24 months.

During treatment, you will need to visit your orthodontist regularly for adjustments. You will also need to take good care of your teeth and gums by brushing and flossing regularly.

Cost of Adult Orthodontics

The cost of adult orthodontics varies depending on the type of treatment you choose and the severity of your case. However, you can expect to pay several thousand dollars for orthodontic treatment.

Many dental insurance plans offer coverage for orthodontic treatment. However, the amount of coverage varies depending on your plan.

Adult orthodontics is a great option for anyone who wants to improve their smile and oral health. If you are considering adult orthodontics, be sure to consult with an experienced orthodontist

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  • I completed the BOSS UK Diploma in 2021 and when it became available, signed up for the AU course as well. I completed the AU course at the end of last year and can honestly say BOSS (now Digital Orthodontic College) has completely changed my approach to clear aligner treatments and increased my confidence with treatment planning immensely. The fact that the course is 100% online was a huge drawcard for me initially since I have two young children, work clinically part-time and run my own business. It allowed me the flexibility to study when I had the chance and didn’t result in any loss of clinical time. Dr V is extremely passionate about orthodontics and more importantly sharing her wisdom and that comes through in her approach to teaching. The course is extremely comprehensive (NB: the AU course has quite a few complex assessments) and covers everything starting from the basics of tooth movement, which sets a good foundation and is therefore suitable even for beginners. The monthly/bimonthly webinars allow students to share cases and is a safe space, non-judgmental and therefore an incredible learning platform. I had been doing clear aligner treatments prior to starting this course, but BOSS helped me see patients with new eyes and has overhauled my treatment planning approach. I would not hesitate to recommend this course to anyone interested in learning, or to extend their knowledge about, clear aligner treatments.

    Thank you so much Dr V!

    Dr Lora Banicevic, Dentist NSW
  • The Australian accredited 10905NAT Graduate Diploma of Digital Orthodontic Treatment offers comprehensive training in the field, gives the candidate the opportunity to do things in a self-paced manner, while getting a personalised 1-on-1 learning experience with Dr Vandana Katyal. It was an excellent choice for me and gave me the flexibility to get the well-designed training done in my own time frame. I would strongly recommend the course to any practitioners who is looking to upskill themselves with a no-compromise high quality course, while also having to juggle between busy practices and family schedules.

    Dr Charles Sun, Dentist WA
  • I started this course unsure of how much I would benefit. The in-person lectures were fantastic (although the course is now 100% online) where I made good friends and learned a lot. The online resources are extensive and second to none, accessible at your convenience. The webinars were great – usually with the right mix of teaching, cases demonstrated and the attendees’ cases being discussed. I was also invited to deliver a webinar on intra-oral scanners, 3D printers and in house aligner manufacturing (from a dentist’s point of view) – which I enjoyed.
    Most of all the course gave significantly more confidence what can be done with aligners, how plan the setup efficiently with the end in mind and how to make the processes to get there smoother. As a result, a MUCH larger chunk of my work is now aligner based. My conversion rate for aligner treatments has definitely increased along with my confidence. The course has easily paid for itself. Full disclosure: I was invited to deliver a webinar on intra-oral scanners, 3D printers and in house aligner manufacture to my BOSS batch mates, which I also thoroughly enjoyed doing. I declined any remuneration for this, although it was offered.
    Dr Shammi Moopen, Dentist VIC
  • Since I have joined the postgraduate diploma in orthodontics I have noticed all the applied practical learning/knowledge on my patients and I am only half way through the year. Dr Vandana is a genuine educator. She goes way beyond to simplify every lecture and I really like her evidence based information and that is available for us 24/7. Her webinars helped a lot for busy dentists and loved the feedback we get in the one on one sessions with our cases. It make us think every step of the way. But the best thing I like is to see she is giving back to the community and her association with Smile Train in helping children with cleft palate is just beyond words. Thank you so much for being nice and approachable.

    Dr Claudia Braybon, Dentist NSW
  • Received my Diploma in Digital Orthodontics from BOSS and couldn’t be more stoked! Huge shout out to Dr Vandana Katyal and the BOSS team for a wonderful year. I would recommend BOSS to every dentist no matter their level of experience with Orthodontics and clear aligners. Starting off with barely any orthodontic experience, I have commenced about 9 cases in the matter of months and BOSS gave me the confidence to predictably deliver results for my patients through clear aligners which are the future of modern orthodontics.
    Dr Sarang Sathe, Dentist NSW
  • I chose Boss’s clear aligner diploma because I wanted to know the latest evidence based practice to enhance my treatment planning and case execution. I now have a much better understanding of how to diagnose, what movements can be done and what will get me into trouble. The flexible nature of the course delivery also fit perfectly into full time work and my otherwise packed schedule. The monthly case presentation webinars are also great to not only get feedback from Dr Katyal, but also to validate your own thoughts self-assess and see how you are tracking with your learning.

    Dr Gregory Nguyễn, Dentist NSW

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