Considering Braces As An Adult? 3 Things To Know

Posted on: 26 March 2019

If you are unhappy with your smile, you are not alone. Millions of Americans are dissatisfied with the appearance of their teeth. While regular dental cleanings and checkups can keep your teeth and gums healthy, it doesn't necessarily address cosmetic issues that you may have with your teeth. If your teeth are misaligned, orthodontic services may be required in order for you to get the smile that you desire. While many go through orthodontic treatments during adolescence, more and more adults are choosing to get braces. In fact one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 18. Here are three things to consider about braces as an adult.

Your Options

The first thing that you will want to look into if you are considering orthodontics as an adult is your options. There are a variety of options to choose from when it comes to braces as an adult. While traditional metal braces are still the go-to for some, other options include clear plastic aligners, lingual braces, and braces with ceramic brackets. With clear plastic aligners and lingual braces, your treatment will be barely noticeable. Of course, the options that work best will depend on your particular orthodontic needs.


Another thing to consider when it comes to getting braces as an adult is the cost. Costs can vary depending on the type of braces you choose, the length of your treatment, and your orthodontic needs. Traditional metal braces range in price from $3,000 to $7,350 while braces with ceramic brackets range from $2,000 to $8,500. Lingual braces range from $5,000 to $13,000 and clear plastic aligners cost between $3,000 and $8,000. Before getting braces, it's important to make sure that they will fit into your budget. Dental insurance may cover some of the cost, and many orthodontists offer payment plans.

It's a Time Commitment

If you are considering braces as an adult, you will also want to ensure that your treatment will fit into your schedule. On average you can expect to have your braces on for between 18 months and 3 years. You will also have multiple appointments for adjustments while going through treatment. Typically these adjustments are needed once every 4 to 6 weeks. If you are unable to make these appointments, your orthodontic treatment can be set back.

If you are considering braces as an adult, there are a few things to know. First, there are a variety of options to choose from other than just traditional metal braces. Prices will vary depending on the route you take, but you can expect to pay at least a few thousand dollars in total. It's also a significant time commitment. It can take a few years before your braces are off and you have the smile you desire. 

Learn more about this topic from your local dentist or orthodontist.