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How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take for Adults?

The length of your orthodontic treatment depends on the severity of your unique case. The majority of cases take between nine months and three years.

As an adult, you may be especially concerned about the appearance of metal braces. Invisalign straightens your teeth with clear, plastic aligners and the treatment time is usually comparable to the time required for metal braces.

If you are considering orthodontic treatments, you may be a candidate for Invisalign, which has several advantages, including:

  • Virtually invisible
  • Easier to clean teeth
  • Corrects a variety of dental problems

Studies have shown that there is no significant difference between orthodontic treatment for adults versus children, and it is never too late to straighten your teeth and correct a misaligned bite. A properly aligned smile offers both aesthetic appeal as well as health benefits. Teeth cleaning and flossing are easier when teeth are not crowded, and tooth surfaces between tightly  spaced, crowded and misaligned teeth are more likely to colonize bacteria because the surface literally cannot be reached, which can lead to plaque buildup and gum disease. An advantage to having a correct bite is increased function in chewing and speaking.

To schedule a consultation with an experienced orthodontist in McLean, Virginia, please contact Galleria Dental Aesthetics.

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