Your Journey to Your Best Smile: Adult Braces in Boston
Braces for Adults

Braces for Adults

Your Journey to Your Best Smile: Adult Braces in Boston

Any orthodontist can tell you there are a few myths they encounter regularly, and a perennial favorite is the idea that braces are only for teens. Not so! At Dot Smiles in Dorchester, MA, we provide early braces for kiddos, and many of our braces patients are adults too. Yes, lots of adults get braces! There can be a number of reasons for getting braces as an adult:

Recent advancements in orthodontic technology, coupled with aesthetically pleasing options like ceramic braces, make adult orthodontics increasingly popular and socially accepted.

Your Experience with Dot Smiles

Dot Smiles stands out as an excellent choice for superior adult orthodontic care thanks to our innovative approach and emphasis on a great patient experience. Guided by the skilled and compassionate Dr. Elon Joffre, our commitment translates beyond state-of-the-art facilities and treatment options. We take the time to know every patient to ensure a truly customized treatment. We want to make sure your orthodontic journey is a pleasant and transformative one for you. Some highlights that make Dot Smiles a great choice for adult braces in Boston are:

  • Early morning hours to accommodate busy schedules. We open at 7:30 so you can get in and out for your appointments before you start your busy day.
  • Convenient Ashmont location with accessible, free parking for easy, stress-free visits.
  • A genuinely customized experience without hassles or one-size-fits-all approaches. You can expect a personalized experience that is respectful of your time.
  • The latest and best technology to ensure efficient processes and appointments.
  • An incredibly skilled doctor and staff with many years’ experience creating healthy bites and smiles.
  • Open communication and education every step of the way. We take great care to communicate with you about your treatment in the way that is most meaningful to you.
  • We’re your cheerleaders, because we know that patients do so much better with treatment when they remain connected to their motivation for doing it. No obnoxious cheers (unless you want them!), but we will be here as part of your support system while you transform your smile, bite, or both!

Types of Braces for Adults

What are the choices, and what are the pros and cons of each? We’re guessing most folks don’t spend their leisure time reading up on orthodontics, but we live and breathe it, and we’re so happy to help you navigate every stage of your treatment. 

The team at Dot Smiles is here to walk you through your options and help you make an informed decision. We offer two highly effective types of braces, each designed to cater to your distinct requirements and preferences.

Metal braces have evolved to be more comfortable and less noticeable than ever, and they remain a reliable and powerful method for moving teeth to their ideal positions. Some pros and cons of metal braces for adults are:


  • Tried and true
  • May be the fastest option for certain cases
  • Durable


  • Visible
  • Adjustments can be uncomfortable
  • Brushing / flossing can be challenging

For those seeking a more discreet braces option, ceramic braces can be an excellent choice. These braces, much like their metal counterparts, help align your teeth but with clear or tooth-colored brackets that blend with your natural teeth, offering aesthetic appeal.


  • Less visible than metal braces
  • Move teeth very effectively
  • No interference with medical imaging


  • Can break or stain more than metal
  • Adjustments can be uncomfortable
  • Brushing / flossing can be challenging

During your consultation with us, we will help you weigh all relevant factors and make the choice that’s best for you, whether it’s metal braces, ceramic braces, or Invisalign. 

Uncover the Benefits of Adult Braces

Orthodontic care in adulthood isn’t exclusively about radiating a perfect smile; it’s about bolstering your oral health. Here are a few reasons why adults choose braces:

Frequently Asked Questions about Adult Braces

We’re here to answer all of your questions and would love the opportunity to chat, hear about your needs, and share our knowledge. If you’re ready to start that conversation, reach out to us today. In the spirit of our passion for patient education, we want to share with you some of the most common questions and the answers to them!

How long does orthodontic treatment usually take for adults?

Typically, adults wear braces for 18 months to 3 years, but this can vary based on the complexity of your case.

Will wearing braces as an adult affect my daily life?

Issues with eating or speaking are usually minimal and temporary following the application of braces or adjustment appointments. Most adults adapt quickly and continue their regular activities without major inconveniences.

Are there any food restrictions with adult braces?

Yes, you will need to avoid certain foods while wearing braces to prevent any damage to the brackets and wires. Foods to avoid include:

  • Hard foods like nuts, popcorn, raw carrots, and hard candies
  • Sticky foods like caramel, chewing gum, and toffee
  • Foods that require biting into like corn on the cob and whole apples

Is the process of getting adult braces painful?

While getting braces is not typically painful, you might have some discomfort and mild pain once your braces are initially placed and after adjustments or tightening. This is a normal part of the treatment and usually subsides within a few days.

How often will I need to visit the orthodontist during my treatment?

Once your braces are on, you will need to visit your orthodontist every four to six weeks for adjustments and monitoring of your progress. The frequency of visits depends on your treatment plan, but regular appointments are crucial to achieving your desired results.

Can I play sports while wearing adult braces?

Yes, you can still participate in sports while wearing braces. We recommend wearing a mouthguard to protect your teeth, braces, and soft tissues from potential injury during contact sports.

How should I maintain proper oral hygiene during my braces treatment?

Maintaining proper oral hygiene is essential during your braces treatment. Brush your teeth at least twice a day (preferably after every meal) using a soft-bristle toothbrush. Flossing is also crucial; a floss threader or orthodontic floss may be helpful for cleaning around the braces and wires. Water flossers like the Waterpik® can be a great tool to help you get everything squeaky clean!

Will I need tooth extractions prior to getting adult braces?

Not every patient will require tooth extractions before braces treatment. Some adults with severe crowding or specific treatment goals may need to have teeth removed to create space for tooth movement. Your orthodontist will thoroughly assess your case and discuss this possibility during your consultation.

Can I get adult braces if I had orthodontic treatment in the past?

Absolutely, if your teeth have shifted since your previous orthodontic treatment, you can still get adult braces to correct the misalignment. Discuss your previous treatment with your orthodontist during the consultation, so they have all the necessary information to construct the best plan for your current needs.

What are the steps after my braces are removed?

Once your braces are removed, retainers are used to maintain the position of your teeth. Retainers are especially important for adults, as our jaws are fully formed and changes can revert quicker.

Start Your Journey with Adult Braces in Boston

Ready to transform your smile with adult braces at Dot Smiles in Dorchester, MA? Schedule a consultation today to get started! Together, we’ll discuss your desires and concerns and develop a personalized treatment plan for your best smile.

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