Approximately 20 percent of those wearing braces are over the age of 18, so adult orthodontics is not rare.
As an adult, you have many of the treatment options that younger patients have, but the treatment may vary slightly. Your bones have stopped growing, so your teeth and jaw are not as malleable as they were when you were a teenager. As a result, your treatment may take longer, around two years in most cases.
Why Should Adults Get Braces?
Adults may have crooked teeth for a number of reasons. Perhaps your parents couldn’t afford to pay for braces when you were a child, or your teenage self may have refused to wear them. In some instances, adult teeth shift as you age due to lost teeth, changes to your jaw or failure to wear your retainer as a teen. No matter what the reason, adults can find the help they need to have the straight teeth they desire.