Are Adult Braces Right For You?

At our Houston, TX dental office, Dr. Crouse sees many adults who want a straighter smile, but don’t want to commit to years of metal braces and brackets. If you’ve always wanted to fix your crooked teeth, but don’t want to feel like a teenager, you might be interested in Invisalign®. Invisalign is ideal for adults who:

  • Are concerned about their image or have a high visibility career
  • Want an option that won’t interfere with their lifestyle
  • May have worn braces when they were younger and just need a touch up
  • Are highly active in sports or play an instrument that braces would interfere with
  • Don’t want to struggle with brushing and flossing around metal brackets and wires

One-in-five braces wearers are over the age of 18. If you want straight teeth, don’t let your age stand in your way. Call 713-812-1712 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Crouse. She is a certified Invisalign provider. You’ll be so relieved that you’re taking the first step toward fixing something that’s always bothered you about your appearance.

Preparing For Adult Braces

Start by making an appointment with Dr. Crouse. She can examine your smile and determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. The two of you will also discuss what’s possible for your smile.

Another factor that will come into play is the health of your gums. Gum disease can cause your teeth to become loose and possibly fall out. Adults with gum disease must seek treatment before braces. Dr. Crouse offers several types of treatment.

Gum disease is when your gums become inflamed and irritated with infection. Often, diligent brushing and flossing is all it takes to avoid  gum disease. As it progresses, you may need a deep cleaning to get at the bacteria beneath the gumline or a pocket reduction procedure.

Wearing Adult Braces

Many adults are hesitant about wearing adult braces because of either their career or dating. With Invisalign you don’t have to worry. Invisalign uses a series of see-through trays to gently move your teeth into a straighter smile. Because the trays are nearly invisible, they’ll hardly be noticed by anyone else.

You’ll also be able to remove your braces whenever you need to. Got a hot first date? Take your aligner out and don’t worry about putting it back in until after the kiss at the end of the night. Got a big job interview coming up? Take your your aligner out and smile with confidence as you shake your potential new employer’s hand.

You’ll receive a new aligner every few weeks. This means, you don’t have to come in for frequent adjustments. You have a busy full life and we want to get you a better smile without being one more thing on your to-do list.

During your treatment you’ll want to make sure you maintain your six-month checkups for your teeth cleanings and dental exams. Also, continue to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day to maintain your oral health.

After Adult Braces

You many need to wear a retainer to keep your new smile in place. Dr. Crouse will be able to advise you on the best steps to take after your treatment has ended.

We want you be completely happy with your new smile. If you find that after your smile is straight there are other improvements to be made, Dr. Crouse can create a treatment plan to help you achieve your other smile goals. Your plan might include:


  • Teeth whitening to make your smile brighter
  • Teeth bonding to address any chips, cracks, or rough enamel
  • Dental crown to strengthen a weak tooth or upgrade its appearance
  • Gum reshaping to touch up your gumline or correct a gummy smile


You can bundle together as many of these treatments as you’d like into a smile makeover. Make an investment in yourself and your smile. Get cosmetic dentistry at Precise Dental of Houston. Dr. Crouse has specialized training in Smile Design from the world famous Las Vegas institute for Advanced Dental Studies. Every year she sets aside time for ongoing education so she can bring her patients the latest techniques in cosmetic dentistry.

Get Started With Invisalign

Don’t let crooked teeth trash your self-esteem. Visit Dr. Crouse at Precise Dental by calling 713-812-1712 to schedule your consultation for Invisalign. Get the perfect smile you deserve.