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A Few Quick Tips to Help You Find the Best Adult Braces

Posted on October 27th, 2022

Do you have a go-to pose for photos that doesn’t need a full-on toothy grin? If you’re uncomfortable with your crooked teeth, you are in the right place. 

Taking the Bummer out of Adult Braces

Wires and brackets fall in the same mental box as teen-acne and drivers permits. If you missed the window to get braces when things were already awkward — there’s no going back now. Who wants to show up to a business meeting with color rubber bands and head-gear? The good news? It’s not too late to get straight teeth. Based on your goals, there are several options available.

Goal: I don’t want a mouth full of metal

Solution: Clear Aligners

If you can’t stomach the look of traditional braces, clear aligners are the way to go. There are several brand name options available, check with Advanced Dentistry by Design to see what they offer. The cool things about clear aligners include:

  • Virtually invisible

People won’t notice you’re straightening your teeth. Customized clear aligners slowly shift your teeth into position.

  • Comfortable

Wires and brackets mean cuts and sores. Clear aligners are smooth and if there are rough spots, a little wax will do the trick. 

  • You can remove them to eat

Maybe the best thing about clear aligners that you can TAKE THEM OUT! If you want to eat a caramel apple at the fair, brush your teeth, or just get a minute without them in – they pop right out. 


Goal: I just want cosmetic straightening 

Solution: Veneers, dental bonding or short term orthodontics

Veneers are thin shells that adhere to your teeth. If your teeth are

  • Crooked
  • Have gaps
  • Have cracks

Veneers will overhaul your smile – fast. They can be more expensive, but they look amazing and (sometimes) can happen in one day! 


Dental bonding is appropriate for cases where your teeth have:

  • Slight gaps
  • Cracks 
  • Chips 

Advanced Dentistry by Design can build the tooth back up or fill the gap with color-matched material. 


Short-term orthodontics

Short-term orthodontics takes a fraction of the time and is best for cosmetic purposes only. If you don’t want to spend 12-18 months in clear aligners, short-term orthodontics is a great option. 


Goal: My case is a bit more serious, but I refuse to get metal braces

Solution: Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces use clear brackets and tooth-colored wires to hide in plain sight. It’s like camo-braces. Ceramic braces offer a more subtle look than the silver option. They have the power to not only straighten teeth, but also fix more serious bite issues. 


Getting it straight

Straightening your smile is always worth it. Straight teeth can skyrocket your confidence. When you know your smile looks good, your happiness and warmth will shine through. Contact Advanced Dentistry by Design if you would like a recommendation on an orthodontist.


The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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