How Long Does Adult Orthodontic Treatment Take?

Beautiful woman with dental braces on red background Pursuing a beautiful, aligned smile is not limited to any age group. Adult orthodontic treatment has become increasingly popular as more individuals recognize the importance of a healthy bite and the confidence that comes with a radiant smile. However, many adults considering orthodontic treatment wonder about the duration of the process. 

Factors Affecting Treatment Duration

The length of adult orthodontic treatment can vary significantly depending on several factors:

  • Complexity of the Case: The severity of the misalignment, crowding, or bite issues is crucial in determining the treatment duration. Complex cases involving significant tooth movement or jaw repositioning may require a more extended treatment than milder cases.
  • Type of Orthodontic Appliance: The chosen orthodontic appliance, such as traditional metal braces, clear aligners (e.g., Invisalign), or lingual braces (braces placed on the inside of the teeth), can influence the treatment timeline. Some appliances may work faster or more efficiently for certain types of misalignments.

Average Treatment Time for Adults

While every case is unique, the average treatment time for adult orthodontic treatment can range from 12 to 24 months. However, some cases may require a shorter or longer duration:

  • Simple Cases: The treatment time may be as short as six to 12 months for mild cases of misalignment or spacing issues.
  • Moderate Cases: Most adult patients with mild crowding or bite issues can expect 12 to 18 months of treatment.

Factors Affecting Treatment Efficiency

In addition to the initial complexity of the case, several factors can influence the efficiency and overall duration of adult orthodontic treatment:

  • Age and Bone Density: As individuals age, their bones become denser, which may slow down tooth movement and prolong treatment.
  • Oral Hygiene: Maintaining excellent oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment is crucial. Poor oral hygiene can lead to gum inflammation, delaying treatment progress.
  • Regular Check-ups and Adjustments: Attending scheduled orthodontic appointments for adjustments and monitoring is essential to ensure the treatment progresses as planned.

Visit Us in Oregon for Expert Orthodontic Care

At Bryan Johnson Orthodontics, we understand the importance of a healthy, radiant smile. Dr. Bryan C. Johnson, D.D.S., and our team are dedicated to providing personalized treatment plans to fit your unique needs. 

On average, adult orthodontic treatment ranges from 12 to 24 months, depending on the complexity of your case. We encourage you to contact us at 503-362-9548 or visit our website to schedule an appointment. Let’s work together to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.

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