I can understand you tend to hide your smile, and this can be frustrating at times. The short answer is there is no age limit for straightening of teeth, though initial teeth movement can be slower in adults and the orthodontist you see would check the medications you are on to check that none of them can slow down teeth movements.
Be aware of the discreet options for teeth straightening now
I come from the perspective of having straightened many kids, teenagers and adults teeth and recommend your speak to your orthodontist about the more discreet options for teeth straightening as an adult ie: clear outside braces or braces attached to behind your teeth. There is even a braces free option of a series of clear removable plates to move your teeth. The most popular brand of this type is called Invisalign.
There are pros and cons for each option, so it is best you speak to your orthodontist on this.
Another worry you mentioned is the length of time of 2 years. Depending of your problems, needs and outcomes you are seeking, treatment times can range from 6 months to 24 months. There are also vibration devices that you can use for 20 minutes each day (one type is called Accelerdent) during your orthodontic treatment that can speed it up.
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