How Long Do Adults Usually Wear Braces?

How Long Do Adults Usually Wear Braces?
Posted on 10/01/2019

How Long Do Adults Usually Wear Braces?Did you know orthodontic treatments sometimes take longer for adults than they do for children? So, if your pre-teen recently received braces, your treatment will probably take longer than his or hers. Even though treatments from your adult orthodontist take longer when you’re an adult, they are well worth it. In addition to giving you more confidence and beautifying your smile, adult orthodontic treatments can also improve your bite, minimize bone and gum loss, and prevent abnormal wear of the enamel on your teeth. Not all orthodontic treatments for adults take the same amount of time. Here are a few things that can affect the length of your treatment.

Type of Braces

The type of braces you receive can affect your overall treatment time. Metal braces and clear braces are generally known for their reliability and speed. Treatment with metal braces can potentially be completed in just a few months. For more complex cases, treatment may take up to 36 months. Clear, ceramic braces also deliver reliable results, but they can’t handle as much pressure as metal braces. This means treatment with ceramic braces may take just a bit longer. Most adults prefer the inconspicuous appearance of ceramic braces and don’t mind the extra treatment time. Dr. Ross Taddeo Orthodontics offers a wide variety of orthodontic options, including:

  • Metal braces
  • Clear ceramic braces
  • Gold braces
  • Iconix™ aesthetic braces
  • Clarity braces

There is no bad choice when it comes to braces. Talk to your orthodontist to find out what option is best for your budget and preferences. 

Case Complexity

Another factor that determines length of treatment time is complexity. If you have complicated oral problems, your treatment will take longer than someone who simply has one crooked tooth. The easiest cases can be treated in just a few months, while complex cases can take up to 36 months to treat effectively. 

Patient Age

Did you know the older you are, the harder it is for your teeth to move? Age is one of the primary factors behind treatment length. Children are generally easier and quicker to treat because their jaws and teeth are still developing and can be moved more easily than adult teeth. 


Compliance is one of the most important factors behind treatment time. If you don’t comply with your orthodontist’s instructions, your treatment will probably be extended. If you do follow instructions, your treatment is more likely to progress smoothly and quickly. Stick to your appointments and follow all instructions with exactness to reduce your treatment time as much as possible. 

If you’re thinking about getting metal braces or clear braces, schedule a consultation with your adult orthodontist. Dr. Taddeo can give you a better understanding of how long your treatment will take after giving you an examination. 

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