Adult Braces in Tucson

Am I Too Old For Orthodontics?

Here at Leber Ortho, we give patients of all ages the chance to Smile Big! Adult orthodontic treatment grows more popular all the time. There’s no reason to think you’ve missed your chance to straighten your teeth because you’re not 12 years old!

The reality is that by adulthood, many of us have implants, bridges and crowns. Often, we think that we can’t get braces or Invisalign if we have any existing dental restorations. This is not the case - Dr. Eric Leber can move healthy teeth at any age! Here’s how it works:

Types of Braces and Implants

Unfortunately, implants cannot be moved by braces or Invisalign. The posts are fused to the jawbone, so the crowns cannot move freely as the other teeth can. However, it’s completely possible to move the surrounding teeth to more appealing positions. And if you are missing teeth and planning for an implant, braces or Invisalign can be instrumental in preparing your teeth and gums for implant placement. In fact, Dr. Eric Leber will work closely with your dentist or oral surgeon to make sure the implant will look as great as possible with your new smile.

Braces with Fillings/Crowns

Never fear! Teeth with fillings and crowns can move just as untreated teeth do. The restorations only alter the appearance of the top of the tooth - underneath are roots that can move easily. Bear in mind that if you get braces, Dr. Eric may need to use a different kind of adhesive on your crowns and large fillings, or he may use a band. Invisalign is a wonderful option for crowned teeth, as there are no brackets to adhere.

We hope that this has been good news for adults wanting to straight teeth. Do not hesitate to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Eric by calling either our Tucson Orthodontist Office or our Rita Ranch Orthodontist Office. If you can, You may be surprised at how much he will be able to transform your smile!


Leber Ortho - Central
(520) 795-2323

Leber Ortho - Rita Ranch
(520) 664-0101

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