Adult Treatment

Convenient Orthodontic Treatment in Oakland, NJ

A perfectly aligned smile can make a dramatic difference in a person’s daily life, from helping them keep their body healthy to filling them with the confidence knowing that they have a great smile. Since the time for wearing braces is often seen as something you do in your teenage years, it can leave many adults with the feeling like their chance for a new smile has come and gone. However, with adult orthodontic treatment from Loeb Orthodontics, adults can straighten their teeth for a better smile. We proudly work with the communities of Oakland, Wayne, Wyckoff, Franklin Lakes and the surrounding areas of New Jersery, providing them with the high-quality orthodontic care that our practice is known for. We’ve helped thousands of patients achieve their ideal smiles for over 45 years, so if you want to revitalize your smile, there’s no place where you will be in better hands than with Loeb Orthodontics.

A Better Smile at Any Age

We're seeing more and more adult orthodontic patients these days, and it's not hard to figure out why. Appliances that are barely noticeable have been developed to give adults more discreet choices when it comes to orthodontic treatment. And many adults realize that investing in a smile makeover can have significant benefits, socially and professionally. Straightening teeth can be an important part of that confidence-boosting makeover process.

Adult orthodontic treatment.What Makes Adult Treatment Different?

Healthy teeth can be moved at any age, so there's no such thing as being too old for braces. However, orthodontic treatment for adults is different in two important respects: For one thing, the growth and development of the jaws is complete in adults, so changes in actual jaw structure can't be accomplished with orthodontic appliances in the way they can with a growing child.

Secondly, periodontal (gum) disease is more prevalent in adults than in children. While you are wearing the orthodontic appliances, gentle forces will be applied to your teeth so they can move through their surrounding bone. Periodontal health plays a key role in all of this; if the gum tissues are not healthy during orthodontics, bone loss can result and weaken the long-term prognosis of your teeth. So any gum disease must be brought under control before orthodontic treatment begins. And to maintain your periodontal health, you will need to make sure to have regular professional cleanings during the orthodontics while maintaining good oral hygiene at home.

Types of Orthodontic Appliances

All orthodontic appliances work essentially the same way: by employing light, constant force to move teeth into proper alignment. But how we apply these forces can vary, as numerous innovations have become available in recent years. Some of the newer, less visible orthodontic appliances have been designed to blend more easily into an adult's personal and professional lifestyle. Types of orthodontic appliances include:

Traditional Metal Braces.Traditional Metal Braces — This is probably what you think of when you picture someone wearing braces: small metal brackets bonded to the front of the teeth. A thin wire runs through the brackets and is attached on either end to metal bands that go around a back molar.


Clear Braces.Clear Braces — Instead of highly noticeable metal brackets, you can have clear ones made of ceramic, plastic or a combination of both. They are hardly visible, except for the thin wire running through.


Clear Orthodontic Aligners.Clear Aligners — As an alternative to the fixed type of orthodontic appliances mentioned above, clear aligners are removable. They are actually a series of clear plastic “trays” that fit over your teeth exactly. Each tray is part of a series of trays that move your teeth a little bit at a time until they are in the proper position. Your trays are designed with the help of specialized computer software that generates a virtual model of your bite.


Lingual Braces.Lingual Braces — These metal braces are bonded to the back of your teeth (tongue side) so that no one can see them. That is the plus side. On the minus side, they can be more difficult to get used to wearing, and are more expensive than traditional braces.


Post Orthodontic Treatment Retention

Wearing a retainer after orthodontic treatment is crucial, no matter which type of appliance you choose and what age you happen to be. Teeth that are not held in place by a retainer long enough for new supporting bone to develop around them can drift back to their original positions, and that's certainly not something we — or you — want to see happen. We will make sure to instruct you on how to retain your new, more beautiful smile so that it continues to make you look and feel great for years to come.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Oakland, NJ Adult Orthodontist

If you’re interested in adult orthodontic treatment, contact us at Loeb Orthodontics to schedule your appointment with us for your initial consultation or use our online appointment request form. Drs. Allison and Robert Loeb have a over 50 years of combined orthodontic experience so you can be confident that you are receiving the high quality care from professionals that know what it takes to create your ideal smile. They will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan using any of the advanced orthodontic treatment that we offer to meet your needs in the most effective way possible. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us and speak with a member of our orthodontic staff, who will happily help you get the information you need. We look forward to seeing you in our office soon and helping you achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile.


find us 180 Ramapo Valley Rd., Oakland, NJ 07436call us(201) 337-3701NJ Specialty License Numbers 5772 , 2081