Adult Orthodontic Treatment

Northwest Portland, The Pearl District and Downtown Portland

For adults seeking orthodontic treatment, the idea of traditional braces may be unappealing on many levels. While conventional metal braces are effective at treating a number of conditions, they are also visually obvious and require regular office visits for adjustments, which can interfere with a busy lifestyle.

Portland, Oregon, orthodontist Dr. JD Miller of Portland Pearl Orthodontics offers a number of alternatives to conventional braces, some of which are virtually invisible and are designed to accommodate the hectic schedule of adults juggling work, family and social commitments.


Invisalign is a versatile and increasingly popular orthodontic treatment for adults with teeth spacing issues and bite conditions including:

  • Crossbite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Overbite
  • Spaced teeth
  • Underbite

As its name applies, Invisalign is practically invisible, consisting of a series of clear plastic aligners that are custom made to fit snugly over your teeth and progressively shift your teeth to the desired position.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are similar in form and function to conventional braces, but like Invisalign they are nearly unnoticeable. Unlike Invisalign and traditional braces, however, lingual braces are concealed behind your teeth.

Lingual braces can correct the same problems as Invisalign and metal braces. The brackets used in lingual braces are custom crafted for your individual teeth, and they are smaller than the brackets used in conventional braces and self-ligating braces; this, in addition to their subtle placement, can make lingual braces an ideal choice for adults who are physically active or play wind instruments.

Benefits of Adult Orthodontic Treatment

The benefits of a properly aligned bite and straight teeth aren’t limited to aesthetics, although a beautiful smile can boost your self-confidence as well as others’ impression of you socially and in the workplace.

Left untreated, misaligned teeth can contribute to premature tooth wear, tooth decay and an increased risk for gum disease. Uncorrected bite conditions can also lead to the painful condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD).

To learn more about adult orthodontic treatments, please contact Portland Pearl Orthodontics to schedule your consultation with Portland, Oregon, orthodontist Dr. JD Miller.