While a surprising number of adults benefit from orthodontic treatment, not all adults can take advantage.
It can depend on how well you have looked after your teeth and gums.
For example, gums may have receded so much that orthodontic treatment is not an option or roots may be very shallow if they have not been cared for properly.
Although the state of your mouth may mean that orthodontic treatment is not possible, the benefits of it can apply at any age and it is always worth checking the situation out with an orthodontist.
All orthodontists are trained how to treat adult patients but some specialize in this area.
An experienced orthodontist will know that adult treatment can take longer and may need to be more gentle than treatment earlier in life when someone is still growing.
Orthodontic services can be provided by any licensed dentist trained in orthodontics though most treatment is done by orthodontists.
A dentist must complete 2-3 years of additional training to earn a special qualification in orthodontics.