Braces for Adults and Teens in Albany, CA

It's never too late to straighten your teeth with braces at Lai Orthodontics.

Create Your More Beautiful Smile

Get a straight smile and improve your confidence.

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Are you self-conscious about your teeth or have an uncomfortable bite you’d like to change? Maybe you’ve suffered from this for years, but keep telling yourself you’ll get around to it.

Orthodontic treatment has the power to change your life, and the sooner you begin treatment, the sooner you’ll enjoy your more attractive and healthy smile.

Braces help adults and teens with:

  • Crooked and crowded teeth

  • Misaligned or gapped teeth

  • Malocclusions, overbites, underbites, and crossbites

With today’s dental technology, our braces are more innovative and minimally designed than ever.

Benefits of Braces

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Powerful and Effective

Braces are strong and successfully correct mild to severe cases of alignment issues.

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Customizable Treatment

While braces correct many issues, each treatment is customized based on goals and budget.

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Amazing Results

Your beautiful, straighter smile will boost your confidence and may even improve your life.

How Orthodontic Treatment Works

One step to getting started can change your whole life.

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After the first meeting at Lai Orthodontics in Albany, CA we’ll create a customized plan for straightening your teeth. A patient must first have healthy teeth and gums to be a candidate for braces.

  • Step 1

    We assess your existing smile and discuss your goals. While younger patients have teeth and bones that are still growing, older patients have permanent teeth in place, and we considered the entire facial appearance when creating the smile design.

  • Step 2

    You’ll come in for your braces to be placed – the teeth are prepped, and the braces are adhered to your teeth. We’ll do our best to make sure you’re comfortable during the entire process and will let you know what to expect before we even begin.

  • Step 3

    Once you have your braces, we’ll discuss how to best care for your teeth and answer any questions you may have. Every few weeks, you’ll come in for an adjustment so that your teeth gradually move to their desired position.

Lai Orthodontics offers traditional metal braces, ceramic (clear) braces, and “white” gold-colored braces.

Once your teeth are straightened, we’ll safely remove your braces, and you can enjoy your new and improved smile! Post-appointment care is easy to maintain, and the orthodontist will walk you through this.

Retainers: Essential Aftercare

The key to a long-lasting smile.

After completing orthodontic treatment with braces, it’s important to maintain the straight, healthy smile that you’ve worked so hard to achieve. That’s where retainers come in. Retainers are custom-made appliances designed to hold your teeth in their new, corrected position, ensuring that your smile stays beautiful for years to come.

Dr. Lai understands the importance of retainers in maintaining the results of your orthodontic treatment. That’s why we provide a wide range of retainer options, including clear plastic and fixed retainers, to suit the unique needs of each of our patients. Our team of experienced orthodontists will work with you to determine the best type of retainer for your situation and ensure that you receive the proper instructions for wearing and caring for your retainer.

Investing in a retainer is an investment in your smile, and at Lai Orthodontics, we’re committed to helping you keep your smile healthy and beautiful for life.

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FAQ about Braces
  • What age is too late to get braces?

    It’s never too late to get braces as long as you have great oral health.

    Braces are great for kids, teens, and adults and have the power to correct many types of teeth misalignments.

    After an initial exam, your orthodontist will let you know if you’re a candidate for braces.

  • Should adults get braces?

    Adults should get braces if they’re unhappy with the alignment of their teeth or have a misaligned jaw.

    Braces help improve the beauty and function of teeth, including improved speech and bite. If left untreated, misaligned teeth may cause dental hygiene problems, tooth decay, pain, and low confidence.

    To be a candidate for adult braces, you must have healthy teeth, gums, and jawbone.

    Some age-related issues to consider include tooth decay, gum disease, and bone loss. If there’s an oral problem, then the issue must be fixed before treatment to prep the mouth for braces.

    Schedule a consultation with your orthodontist in Albany, CA to learn more.

  • What is the average cost of braces for adults?

    The average cost of braces for adults varies because each case is unique. The best way to receive an estimate for your braces treatment is to schedule a consultation at Albany, CA.

  • Are braces painful?

    You may feel a slight discomfort with braces, especially when the braces are first put on or when the braces are tightened every few weeks. Most patients report a little discomfort, but it’s well worth the long-lasting results.

    Your orthodontist will help you feel comfortable during the entire treatment, and any pain or concern should be discussed directly with your orthodontist.

  • Is it worth it to get braces?

    Yes, it’s worth it to get braces, and there are many benefits to having straighter teeth.

    A straighter smile looks better, feels better, and is easier to maintain. Imagine all the buildup and risk of decay that forms in tight spots with overcrowded teeth!

    Unlike clear aligners, traditional braces let orthodontists control the progression better and fix more complex misalignment cases.

    Today, braces for adults and teens are made with improved technology to make treatment faster and more effective than ever. The best part is the investment will last a lifetime.

  • What type of brace do you recommend?
    Dr. Lai provides different kinds of braces:

    • Traditional metal braces
    • Ceramic “clear” braces
    • “White” Gold-Colored braces