Adult orthodontics

  • Adult orthodontic treatment in Charlottesville & Zion Crossroads

    At Charlottesville Orthodontics, we strive to provide expert orthodontic treatment to patients of all ages throughout the Charlottesville and Zion Crossroads areas.

    While some might think braces are “just for kids,” the truth is that you can get a straight, healthy smile at any age. An increasing number of patients are getting braces as adults – over 25% of our patients are adults, and Dr. Weis and Dr. Patel believe you deserve the smile you’ve always wanted, no matter your age.

    Schedule a free consultation for adult orthodontics near you today!

Our adult braces options


Invisalign eliminates brackets and wires and uses a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth. Invisalign clear aligners are a virtually invisible braces option and are easy to remove for brushing, flossing, eating, and drinking. Almost no one will know you're straightening your teeth, you can still eat all your favorite foods, and maintaining proper oral hygiene is as easy as ever. Clear aligners are one of the most common forms of adult orthodontics in Zion Crossroads and Charlottesville!

Metal braces

Metal braces are what most people picture when they think of braces. Metal braces use brackets made from high-grade stainless steel bonded to the front of the teeth and a thin, springy archwire to apply force and move the teeth over time. They're a dependable, durable, and cost-effective form of adult braces in Zion Crossroads or Charlottesville.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces work just like metal braces, but there's one key difference: the brackets are bonded to the back (tongue side) of the teeth. Lingual braces are just as dependable and durable as regular braces but are invisible to others. The only drawbacks are that they're more expensive than regular braces and can take longer to get used to. However, they're a very inconspicuous option for adult professionals looking to minimize the impact of treatment on their lifestyle.

Clear braces

Similar to metal braces, clear braces use brackets and wires to move teeth, but instead of steel, the brackets are a ceramic composite material that blends in with teeth. This adult invisible braces option is less conspicuous but slightly more fragile than regular braces.
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It's never too late for orthodontic treatment

A new smile boosts happiness, confidence, and self-esteem that radiates through every area of life, and modern advances in orthodontic technology have made treatment more comfortable and convenient than ever.

That said, there are a couple of crucial differences between adult orthodontics and orthodontic treatment earlier in life:

  • In adults, the bones have finished growing and developing, and our orthodontists can’t change the underlying bone structure of adults as they can with children unless they choose to undergo orthodontic surgery, which most adults do not need.
  • Adults are far more susceptible to gum disease, so we’ll need to eliminate any signs of periodontal disease or gingivitis before beginning orthodontic treatment and be extra careful to ensure the teeth are kept clean and healthy during treatment.

  • How much do adult braces cost?

    The cost of braces for adults will vary depending on your chosen treatment method, the severity of your orthodontic issues, and whether or not you have dental insurance that covers adult braces. Charlottesville Orthodontics offers no-interest financing options to ensure access to affordable adult braces in Charlottesville and Zion Crossroads, Virginia. The best way to find out how much adult braces cost for you is to schedule a free consultation.

Schedule a free consultation for adult orthodontics

Our family orthodontists and highly-trained orthodontic team in Charlottesville and Zion Crossroads work hard to treat every patient individually, designing personalized treatment plans to suit each patient’s unique orthodontic needs and lifestyle.

Schedule a free consultation at Charlottesville Orthodontics to learn more about our adult braces near you today! We have offices in Downtown Charlottesville, Hollymead, and Spring Creek.