The Best Type of Braces For Adults

The journey to a perfect smile doesn’t always start or end in childhood or adolescence. For many adults, orthodontic treatment is crucial for enhancing their smile and dental health. Whether receiving first-time, complete treatment or just seeking to correct teeth that may have shifted over time despite prior treatment, Manhattan Family Orthodontics has a treatment method for everyone, regardless of age. Below are the best types of braces for adults.

What Treatment Options Does Manhattan Family Orthodontics Offer For Adults?

Like snowflakes, no two people’s smile needs or lifestyles are exactly the same. That’s why we proudly offer multiple treatment options that allow us to help as many adults improve their smiles as possible!

Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces have stood the test of time for good reason. Known for their durability and effectiveness, they’re an excellent choice for correcting a wide range of orthodontic issues. Today’s metal braces are smaller and more comfortable than ever, making them a fantastic option for adults who seek a reliable path to a perfect smile.

LightForce Clear Braces

LightForce clear braces represent the cutting edge in orthodontic technology. These braces are 3D-printed and fully customized to fit your teeth perfectly, offering a more comfortable and efficient treatment. Their clear, ceramic material makes them less noticeable than metal braces, providing an aesthetic solution for adults who might be conscious about their appearance during treatment.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are similar to traditional braces, but instead of being front and center, they are mounted on the backside of your teeth. This discreet placement makes them invisible when you smile, talk, or eat. Our team is delighted to have both Incognito and BRIUS lingual braces. The two manufacturers have unique advantages and features so that you can personalize your experience.

InBrace Hidden Braces

InBrace Hidden Braces are an innovative option that offers the benefits of braces without visibility. Unlike other lingual braces, InBrace features Smartwire technology that is custom-fitted to the back of your teeth, using a gentle, low-force system to move teeth into their desired position. This advanced Smartwire is pre-programmed to work autonomously, so you’ll have quicker checkups and overall treatment! 

Clear Aligners

Invisalign and 3M Clarity Clear Aligners use virtually invisible trays that are custom-made to fit snugly over your teeth, gently moving them into place. Clear aligners are removable, allowing for easy eating and cleaning. They offer a blend of convenience, comfort, and aesthetics, making them popular among adults.

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Clear Aligners – The Preferred Choice

Each of our options at Manhattan Family Orthodontics caters to different needs and preferences, ensuring that every adult can forge a path to a healthier, more confident smile. However, for most adult patients, clear aligners are the preferred choice! Here’s why:

  • Virtually Invisible: Made from transparent, medical-grade plastic, clear aligners are almost undetectable. They allow discreet treatment, ideal for adults in professional and social settings who might feel self-conscious over more visible appliances.
  • Removable Convenience: Unlike traditional braces, you can remove clear aligners for eating, drinking, and cleaning. This flexibility makes maintaining oral hygiene less complicated and permits dietary freedom.
  • Customized Comfort: Each aligner is custom-fitted to your teeth, providing a comfortable, snug fit and minimizing friction, irritation, and pinching often associated with orthodontic treatment.

Invisalign vs. 3M Clarity Aligners

Both brands of clear aligners combine the best of all the other treatment options (reliability, comfort, and low visibility) while allowing for more lifestyle freedom than other methods. But what’s the difference between them?


Invisalign has become a household name for aligner treatment. Known for their SmartTrack material and SmartForce attachments, Invisalign trays are designed for comfort, ease of use, and versatility. They are perfect for mild needs or touch-ups.

3M Clarity Aligners

3M Clarity Aligners have a little more variety to offer patients. With two different kinds of materials and cuts for the aligners, 3M Clarity Aligners can treat a more diverse and complex range of alignment and fit needs. 

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Achieve Your Dream Smile With Manhattan Family Orthodontics!

Our treatment methods can provide patients of all ages with fantastic results, but which is right depends on your needs and lifestyle. It can be challenging to narrow the options yourself, but luckily, you don’t have to! Our team of orthodontists at Manhattan Family Orthodontics is here to help! Using state-of-the-art technology, we’ll figure out which options you qualify for. Then, by listening to your input and asking questions about your daily routine, we can determine the choice that will blend seamlessly into your everyday life.

Get started today with a free consultation with us at our uptown or downtown New York, NY locations!