If you’re considering getting braces put on your teeth as an adult, you probably have an array of questions. Although it seems not as common for an adult to have metal brackets as it is for a child or even a teenager, there are several benefits to getting adult braces.

You might be surprised to learn that you’re not alone. If you’re a bit embarrassed about the idea, take the time to look around you in your day-to-day life.

You’ll probably find more adults wearing braces than you’d think. There are also many options available for you other than the conventional metal brackets. Are you ready to learn more about why adult braces are sensible?

Continue reading below to find out more!

1. The Options

Luckily, waiting until your adulthood to get braces may have opened up more options for you because there are more ways to straighten your teeth today than there were when you were a child. Your orthodontist will work with you to determine which type is best for your situation while taking into consideration your preference.

Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most common option, and they’re extremely durable. Although braces in the past may have been uncomfortable and bulky, that’s not true for braces today. Technology advancements have made metal braces more comfortable, smaller, sleeker, and less noticeable.

With metal braces, you can choose between a variety of colors. Your favorite bright colors are available or neutral less noticeable colors are available as well.


Invisalign is a clear, custom-made aligner. There are no metal brackets involved in Invisalign, and it’s a great way to straighten your teeth without any even noticing. You keep these “invisible braces” on at all times except for when you eat and drink or brush and floss your teeth.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces work in the same way as metal braces do, but these braces use clear brackets instead. They’re the same shape and size as metal braces, except they’re nearly impossible to see! When giving the opportunity to choose a color for the elastic ties, consider choosing clear, white, or tooth-colored ties.


SureSmile doesn’t rely on plaster models of teeth and doctors bending wires by hand to fit properly. SureSmile uses a 3D computer model of your teeth to show your orthodontist your individual tooth movement. They’ll then place an order for a wire that’s shaped robotically for your specific teeth.

This takes up to 40% less time than braces and yields more precise results.

2. Aesthetic Results

Conducted studies show just how important a nice smile is to someone’s aesthetics. A person’s smile not only gives him or her more confidence, but it also makes him or her more attractive to other people. Because of this, you might find getting braces to be more appealing.

It’s never too late to find your confidence again!

3. Long-Term Oral Health

Although braces offer many cosmetic benefits, there are health benefits associated with them as well. If you weren’t able to get braces as a kid or didn’t need them until recently, that’s not unusual. Sometimes, even adult teeth shift and cause problems.

No matter what the reason for getting them in adulthood is, it’s important that you don’t blow off your orthodontic issues. There might also be some orthodontic issues that you’re suffering from but are unaware of the link to your oral health. For example, overcrowding, crooked teeth, and other problems may cause headaches, toothaches, earaches, jaw pain, problems chewing, and much more.

4. There are Affordable Options

It’s also good to know that there are affordable options available to you. It’s no secret that dental procedures aren’t cheap and many insurances don’t cover a large portion of your orthodontic’s bills. However, here at TDR Orthodontics, there are financing options for you.

We offer our patients several payment-plan options to fit any budget. Don’t hesitate to ask us about these payment plans during your first visit. Our plans have many benefits including no-interest plans, a medical loan program with CareCredit, and the opportunity to make a one-time full payment at the start of your treatment.

With so many financing options available to you, there’s nothing to stop you from obtaining the smile you’ve always dreamt about!

5. The Results

Even as an adult, braces lead to wonderful results. Some results that’ll you’ll notice other than the obvious improved smile are some of the following:

  • Preventing Damage to Tooth Enamel- Teeth that are too closely aligned can rub the enamel off of one another, creating more cavities and tooth sensitivities.
  • Cleaning Teeth With Ease- When teeth are crowded or crooked, it’s harder to brush and flush them, which makes cavities more common. Once teeth are straightened, it’ll be much easier to brush your teeth and clean them.
  • Saying Goodbye to Bad Breath- A misaligned bite can be the main reason for bad breath. Once the teeth are aligned correctly and a misaligned bite is corrected, you’ll notice bad breath is eliminated.

Considering Your Own Adult Braces?

Are you considering getting your own adult braces? If so, there’s a variety of benefits that you’ll be able to enjoy once you’re done with your treatment. Keep these 5 sensible reasons to get adult braces in mind when making your final decision.

And when you’re ready to get the process started, be sure to contact us and schedule your free consultation to discuss which option is best for you.