Can Adults have Orthodontic Treatment?

You are never too old to have orthodontic treatment. In recent years more and more adults are receiving orthodontic treatment, and in the USA 1 in 3 orthodontic patients is an adult. 

Is adult orthodontic treatment different?

There are some differences in relation to how we plan treatment but the basic principles are the same and most adults are suitable for fixed appliance therapy (braces) or clear aligners (Invisalign).

Adults are no longer growing so this has an impact on how the treatment is planned. Treatment is usually (not always) shorter for adults than it is for teenage patients. 

Adult patients will often attend seeking to address a specific issue or issues with the appearance of their teeth. Sometimes it may be just one or two teeth which are not aligned and this type of treatment can be done. Not all of the teeth must be moved when having orthodontic treatment. 

In any orthodontic treatment, it is important that we fully understand the problem and help each orthodontic patient to achieve the desired outcome. 

How long is the treatment?

Depending on what you want to achieve, some treatments can be completed in as little as 6 months. A year is more typical for adults, however, each case is different and treatment time will depend on case difficulty. 

Prior to beginning treatment, we will provide you with a very firm idea of treatment duration. 

What can I expect?

Once you’re up and running with your orthodontic treatment, we will see you around every 6 weeks. It can feel a little strange for the first few days after beginning orthodontic treatment but people adjust very quickly and impact of daily life is minimal. 

You will need to be a little more careful with certain foods and it is important that you take good care of your teeth during orthodontic treatment.

Do I have to pay the full fees at the start of treatment?

We offer payment plans for all orthodontic patients which extend over the duration of the treatment. Following your free assessment with us, we will provide you with a detailed quote including several payment options. 

Lifelong Investment

We provide complimentary teeth whitening at the end of treatment for all adult orthodontic patients and whether treatment lasts 6 months or 16 months, you will be enjoying your new smile for many years. 

Orthodontic treatment should be looked on as a lifelong investment in your well-being. 


Fantastic, very accommodating, brilliant service, didn’t feel a thing, my faith in dentists restored.

V. Nolan – OrthoDental Customer Feedback


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