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Braces for Adults: What Are Your Options?

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If you think about the typical orthodontic patient, you probably picture a pre-teen. While it’s most common for children to have braces, you might not know that it’s also not uncommon for adults to have orthodontic treatment. If you have been unhappy with your smile, now might be the perfect time to look into braces for adults. Check out this list of the types of braces that adults can choose from.

Metal Braces

Most children and teenagers who have braces have the metal kind. They are usually the least expensive and they’re fairly sturdy. They are an option for you, but many adults don’t like this option because of the way metal braces look. Don’t worry; there are plenty of other choices for you to consider.

Porcelain Braces

Porcelain braces for adults are less noticeable than their metal counterparts. They are tooth-colored, so if you are speaking or someone just glances at your quickly, they’re less likely to notice them. The bands can be tooth-colored or metal; obviously, the metal ones will stand out more than the ones that match your teeth. Porcelain braces can stain and they’re a bit less sturdy than the metal ones, so they do take a bit of extra care.

Lingual Braces

Depending on what type of malocclusion you are dealing with, lingual braces might be an option. These are metal, but they attach to the inside surfaces (the surfaces closest to your tongue) of your teeth, making them less visible than braces that go on the outside of your teeth. In some cases, they aren’t possible, depending on how your teeth fit together. Also, they tend to be more irritating than traditional braces.


You might have heard of Invisalign, which is a clear retainer that slips over your teeth. Every few weeks, the shape is changed slightly to encourage your teeth to move into the right place. The quality that most people love about Invisalign is that they’re mostly invisible. You can also remove them to eat, so you can still eat crunchy or chewy foods. Invisalign is only appropriate for certain types of correction, though, and they tend to be the most expensive option.

Talk to your dentist or orthodontist about which type of braces for adults is right for you.

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