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Considering Adult Braces? Here’s What You Should Know

Posted on January 16, 2014 by Dr. Mal Braverman

The number of adults that wear braces has been steadily rising for more than a generation. According to a recent orthodontic study, about 1 million Americans and Canadians over the age of 18 wear braces. Why don’t they get them as kids? The number one reason why people who need braces do not get them until later in life is the price. Although orthodontic equipment and techniques have improved in recent years, the price of the procedure is still quite high at around $4,800 per set!

What to expect

Adults should not feel the least bit embarrassed about getting dental braces in their 20s, 30s, and beyond; for as we mentioned, it’s not nearly as rare as it once was. In fact, adults now make up almost half of all orthodontic patients! But the procedure is a bit different for older patients. Here’s why.

The reason dentists and orthodontics recommend getting braces during childhood is because permanent teeth generally move a bit easier soon after they come in. But when a person has finished growing, teeth can take a bit longer to adjust with dental braces. On average, an adult patient should expect to wear their braces for 12 to 20 months, which is a few months longer than the average child has to have them on.


Although the old metal versions remain the most popular choice for patients of all ages, there are many exciting new options for folks who want to fly under the radar. Clear braces and products like Invisalign are difficult to spot, making them a favorite of adults who want straight teeth without attracting attention.

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