Adult Braces FAQs: Cost, Experience, and Timeline

Did you know that 25% of braces wearers are adults? There is no age limit for getting braces if your teeth are healthy enough to sustain them. Let’s answer some common adult braces FAQs so you can make an informed smile care decision.

When Is the Best Age to Get Braces for Adults?

The timing for braces comes down to several factors. Will you need teeth pulled to make room for overcrowding? Do you have other oral health issues to address before straightening your smile?

We recommend getting an adult braces consultation as early as possible, even if you do not get braces immediately. You and your orthodontist can create a plan that fits your budget and aligns with your goals.

How Much Do Adult Braces Cost?

The cost of braces varies based on treatment length and the type of braces you get. Six months of invisible braces may cost less than one year of metal braces. The average cost of braces for adults is around $5,000. Learn more: How Much Do Braces Cost?

Does Insurance Cover Adult Braces?

Most insurance plans do not cover braces for adults. There are some exceptions, but you will likely pay out of pocket for orthodontics. You can discuss payment arrangements with your orthodontist office to see if monthly installments are available.

Should I Get Metal Braces or Invisible Braces?

Metal braces can correct a wider range of smile issues than invisible braces. However, clear aligners are less noticeable and are thus more desirable for adults.

Metal braces stay on your teeth and get tightened every four to six weeks. Invisible braces involve sets of clear trays that progressively shift your smile into place. You’ll transition to new trays every two weeks.

Clear braces can quickly correct minor misalignments, but they are not ideal for major corrections. Your orthodontist can discuss which treatment options will work best for you.

How Long Do Most Adults Need Braces?

You may only need braces for six months if you’re correcting minor issues. This is common for adults who had braces as children and have experienced a dental shift in adulthood.

For more extensive alignments, you may need braces for one to two years. Your goals will influence how long you wear braces. Perhaps you do not want a perfectly white smile and instead only want to shift one crooked tooth in place. That may require less wear than a complete smile makeover. Be transparent about your goals so your orthodontist can personalize your treatment plan.

Are Braces Worth Getting as an Adult?

Twenty-eight percent of people do not smile for photos because of smile insecurities. If crooked teeth are keeping you from enjoying a happy, confident life, braces are definitely worth the investment.

Having a straight smile can also prevent future discomforts, such as TMJ facial pain and difficulty chewing. You must weigh your oral health risks, aesthetic aspirations, and available budget to determine if braces are right for you.

Am I a Good Candidate for Adult Braces?

An orthodontics consultation will help you determine if you’re a good candidate for adult braces. There may be other smile solutions that better fit your needs. Clinton Dental Center offers braces for adults, as well as family dentistry, restorative dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. Contact us at (586) 949-5363 to schedule an appointment.