Stigma Around Adult Orthodontic Treatment

The shame that adults feel around orthodontic treatment often comes from the association of braces with tweens and teenagers. Braces can be considered to be a milestone for pediatric patients, so the idea of adults having them can create unnecessary judgment. Orthodontic treatment can benefit everyone and there are lots of reasons some adults need them too, such as cosmetic purposes or to correct health issues to avoid damage. We want to create a more inclusive perspective on adult orthodontics so that others may get the help that they need. Band & Wire offers adult orthodontics in Clarendon Hills and we want to break this stigma for our patients.

Increased Popularity

There has been an increase in popularity of adult orthodontic treatment. Having braces used to be associated with adolescents, but thankfully more adults are seeing the benefit in addressing their oral health and improving their smiles. A reason for this has been orthodontic advancements such as Invisalign, which gives adults a discreet option. Another reason has been awareness of the importance of oral health and confidence that comes with a new smile. Successful treatment can improve one’s self esteem tremendously and change lives.


Going back to the advancements in orthodontic treatment, Invisalign has been a very popular alternative for adults seeking care. This is because the clear aligners offer a discreet option without the appearance of traditional braces. We are the #1 Diamond + Invisalign provider in Chicago’s West Suburbs and serve Hinsdale, Westmont, Oak Brook, Western Springs, Downers Grove, Willlowbrook, Burr Ridge and La Grange. Invisalign has given us outstanding results and has been just as effective as traditional braces.

LightForce Braces

LightForce braces are another incredible advancement. They are very similar to traditional braces due to the brackets and wires. The difference is that they come clear or tooth-colored, so they blend in more with your teeth. LightForce braces are 3D printed to custom fit the patient and the idea is to cut back on treatment time. The exact treatment time depends on each patients needs so there isn’t a way to know exactly how long it will take. But, their advanced technology does allow for more precise tooth movement.

Positive Impact

Seeking orthodontic treatment in adulthood can have a profound impact on an individual’s life. When it comes to jaw misalignments and bite correction, it can improve oral health and reduce the risk of damage or pain. Cosmetic purposes tend to stand out to patients as the top  motivating factor. So much of our self esteem and confidence as people derives from appearance and feeling like we “look like ourselves.” Improved self esteem can lead to closer relationships, increased opportunities, reduced stress, and confidence at work. The proper orthodontic treatment can drastically improve the patient’s quality of life. Band & Wire is proud to be able to provide this to our patients and we prioritize every patient’s wellbeing with the utmost care and consideration.


There are lots of misconceptions around adult orthodontic treatment that contributes to the stigma. The most obvious misconception is that orthodontic treatment is only for adolescents, when it’s just not true. There is no age cut off for orthodontic treatment and anyone needing it can benefit from it. Another misconception is that traditional braces are the only way to go. Invisalign and Lightforce are two examples of advancements that have made treatment more comfortable for adults (and children). Some patients believe that orthodontic treatment has to take a long time, when it doesn’t have to. Lightforce has been a game changer for lots of patients, and some cases just simply don’t take long depending on the complexity of treatment.

Adult Orthodontics In Clarendon Hills

We offer orthodontic treatment to those of all ages and our orthodontist’s are passionate about providing excellent care. Our patients come first and your comfort is our priority. We are accepting new patients and would love to start your orthodontic journey with you. If you are seeking adult orthodontic treatment in Clarendon Hills, Please visit here or call our office to book your free consultation today.