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Adult Orthodontics

Orthodontist located in Fairfax, VA
Adult Orthodontics

Adult Orthodontics services offered in Fairfax, VA


Adult orthodontics uses custom-crafted oral appliances, like conventional braces and clear aligners, to improve the alignment of your teeth and jaw. At Metropolitan Orthodontics, Kristin Nelson, DDS, MDS, and the team regularly work with adults to help them achieve symmetrical smiles and optimal oral health. To make an appointment at the practice in Fairfax, Virginia, call the nearest office today or click the online booking feature.

Adult Orthodontics Q&A

What are some of the appliances used in adult orthodontics?

At Metropolitan Orthodontics, your provider and team uses various appliances for adult orthodontics, including:

Adult braces 

Adult braces are bonded to the front or back of your natural teeth. They feature three components –– brackets, archwires, and rubber bands. These components place mild pressure on your teeth and jaw, improving their alignment and position.

Clear aligners

Clear aligners use removable plastic mouthpieces to straighten your teeth. Clear aligners are more discreet than adult braces. They’re free of metal, BPA, latex, and gluten, making treatment safe for pregnant women as well as people with allergies.

Temporary anchorage devices (TADs)

Temporary anchorage devices (TADs) are small screws that apply direct force to your teeth and jaw. The team at Metropolitan Orthodontics might recommend TADs if you have an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or another bite-related alignment issue.

Power chains

Power chains are stronger and more durable than elastic rubber bands. They apply extra force to your teeth, speeding up the orthodontic treatment process.

What type of adult orthodontics might benefit me?

To determine the type of adult orthodontics that will benefit you most, your Metropolitan Orthodontics provider conducts an oral exam, asks about your goals, and takes a series of oral X-rays.

After assessing the alignment of your teeth and jaw, your provider develops a custom care plan that aligns with your budget and needs.

How can I speed up the adult orthodontic treatment process?

The easiest way to speed up the adult orthodontic treatment process is to follow your provider’s instructions. The team at Metropolitan Orthodontics recommends:

  • Brushing and flossing twice daily
  • Avoiding hard, sticky, or crunchy foods
  • Avoiding sugary, acidic drinks like coffee and soda
  • Attending each of your scheduled orthodontic appointments

By following these guidelines, you can complete treatment in 18-24 months* and maybe even sooner.

To learn more about adult orthodontics, make an appointment at Metropolitan Orthodontics by calling the nearest office today or clicking the online scheduling feature.

*Individual results may vary.

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