Adult orthodontic treatment might last longer because adult teeth have stopped growing. This means it’s harder to force your teeth to go a certain direction when you’re older because the teeth are set and more difficult to pressure to move.

Depending on your situation, you might wear your braces for anywhere from 18 months to three years.

Choice of braces available.

Metal braces made of high-grade stainless steel are attached to the front of your teeth. You may experience discomfort because the brackets attached to the teeth can rub against the skin in your mouth. Your dentist will provide dental wax you can place over the brackets to help ease any pain.

Clear ceramic braces are worn like traditional steel braces, and because they blend with the color of your teeth, they’re less noticeable. Ceramic braces can break more easily than their metal counterparts.

Invisible" braces are clear, customized, removable appliances. You can take them out when you eat, brush and floss, so you won’t have food trapped between your teeth. Invisible braces are a good option when you have only a mild spacing problem