The Ultimate Guide to Braces For Adults

The Ultimate Guide to Adult Braces

The Ultimate Guide to Adult Braces is a complete resource to help adults confidently and correctly make decisions about their orthodontic care.

The guide will answer your questions about adult braces and learn how you can make the best decisions for your smile.

Why Read This Guide About Adult Braces?

Times have changed…

You may have had braces as a teenager or know someone who did.

Braces from the 70’s, 80’s or 90’s likely conjure up images of big, painful, and ugly metal braces. You probably picture embarrassing headgear appliances that made the teenage years very awkward and something to dread.

If you think you might need braces in today’s world, you can take a deep breath… Your experience will be totally different. 

Everything about traditional braces changed…

…we now have many braces options that are comfortable, less noticeable, and DON’T impact your lifestyle.

Today, not only are braces less noticeable, but they also help achieve a straight and healthy smile in a shorter period of time than ever before.

Braces Are More Affordable Than Ever

Another benefit of getting orthodontic treatment today? Now braces cost a lot less than the one-size-fits-all, metal-mouth braces of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s.

Most often, they’ll cost about as much as one Starbucks stop a day for a year!

braces cost as little as a cup of starbucks per day

Plus, you’ll have more payment, financing and dental insurance options than ever before. So, the hurdle to comfortably afford braces is a lot lower than it was in years past.

You don’t need to stress about stretching your budget beyond what’s comfortable or sacrificing your next trip or vacation. Getting adult braces won’t put you in that situation.

We understand that for many adults, time is just as important as money…

So be assured that you won’t be forced to miss multiple days of work or spend countless hours in a waiting room with more and more follow-up appointments.

“I’m currently a patient, and WOW, what a great experience. They take the time to actually know you, and with all their locations it is so convenient to book appointments.

Honestly, one of the best decisions I have made was to get orthodontic treatment and to do it through Premier Orthodontics!

—Angela – Phoenix, AZ.

Adult Braces Are About More Than Just Straight Teeth

Adult orthodontic treatment is much more than just correcting crooked, crowded teeth (though these are obviously important benefits, and the ones you are probably most familiar with).

Braces will also improve your health and prevent future dental problems, not to mention increased self-esteem and success in your personal and professional life.

Why Braces for Adults Are Important

 Straight teeth function better, are easier to clean, and are less likely to get cavities.

 Adults with straight, well-aligned teeth have less gum disease–something that can lead to other serious bodily diseases.

 Those with improperly aligned teeth and jaws are at higher risk for jaw pain, headaches, and migraines (situations that don’t just “go away with time”).
 First impressions matter—Individuals with straight teeth are more likely to get hired for a job, to make a good first impression with new acquaintances, and even go on a first date.

Adults often put off fixing their teeth and bite. They think that they’re “too old” for braces, or that  “they’ve lived with it this long, what’s the point?”

The decision to not have their teeth fixed may seem to save you money in the short term, but it could come with long-term and expensive health concerns. 

Stop Hiding Your Smile

It’s true;  looks aren’t everything. However, studies have shown that adults with a straight and healthy smile are at an advantage both professionally and personally.

One study shows that adults with straight teeth are 45% more likely to get a job when compared to someone with similar qualifications and crooked teeth.

The way we look and present ourselves has a big impact on how we’re perceived. Self-esteem and confidence affects everything from…

…or just smiling in pictures.

The Wall Street Journal shows that 40% more adults are getting braces today than just ten years ago. It’s never too late to make this investment in your health, confidence, and your happiness.

About The Ultimate Guide to Adult Braces

The Ultimate Guide to Adult Braces will lay everything out in plain English (no medical jargon). With this guide in hand, you will have no reason to feel nervous about braces being too costly or dramatically changing your life.

Take a look through this guide and we guarantee you’ll feel enough comfortable and confident at the orthodontist’s office to make smart  choices about your orthodontic care. 

What You’ll Learn

In each chapter, we’ll cover the key aspects that adults should know about getting braces, including…

what age should children get braces

We’ll discuss the time needed to get your perfect smile and what kind of time commitment will be required for your adult braces appointments.

the best braces for kids

Not all braces are created equal. Learn the differences and discover which type will work best for you.

how to find the best orthodontist for your child

Just like not all braces are created equal, each doctor will have their own strengths and weaknesses. Many don’t provide treatment for adults or cater specifically to kids. Learn how to identify the best doctor for you.

How Much Do Adult Braces Cost

Discover what to expect when it comes to finances and how paying for adults braces is probably easier than you’d expect.

We’ve organized The Ultimate Guide to Adult Braces in a logical progression. Though you can jump around, it usually works best to read the chapters in order.



Nearly 1 in 4 orthodontic patients are above the age of 18…does that surprise you? With adult orthodontic care being easier, cheaper and more effective than it’s ever been, the number of adult patients will surely only increase with time.

Read this chapter to discover why more and more adults are finally making the choice to get braces for themselves.

We get it—no adult wants to look like a goofy kid in junior high with a mouth full of braces.

The good news? You have much better options than your parents’ or grandparents’ generations ever did.

Thanks to advances in technology and the improvement in skill and technique from orthodontists, there are multiple, equally-effective alternatives to braces for adults

Should you pick the cheapest orthodontist? Or go with the most highly successful orthodontist?

What’s the right thing to look for when choosing an orthodontist for an adult?  These are good questions and we will answer each one in this chapter.

For many, the cost of adult braces might be the only reason they have been putting off getting started. Many adults, when children, didn’t receive braces because their family didn’t have the financial means.

But, with the advice in this chapter, you can learn how comfortably the cost of adult braces can fit into your budget.

Once the question of money is covered , the next #1 concern that adults have with braces is “How Long Do Braces Take?

While each situation is different, in this chapter we will cover some general estimates for adult braces treatment length that will give you a good idea of what to expect.

Taking care of braces is not nearly as difficult as you might imagine. Really, it’s usually just an extra couple of minutes per day and some small changes to the food you pick.

In this chapter we’ll look at a few specific items that can make taking care of braces even easier.

So, you’re finished with braces and ready to move on to the next stage of life.  But, we still have one more topic to cover—retainers.

Read this chapter to learn what to expect after the braces come off!

Many have questions regarding what to expect at an orthodontic consultation—Which is exactly why we wrote this chapter!

In this chapter we’ll attempt to answer the most common questions we hear from adults as we walk you through the typical braces consultation.