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Braces for Adults: Frequently Asked Questions

If you have always wished that your smile were straighter, you might think that you lost your chance to have braces after your teenage years. Maybe the thought of having metal braces in your mouth just doesn’t appeal to you, or maybe you’re afraid of the discomfort at this time in your life. The good news is that braces for adults are common and there are several different options to suit your needs. Take a look at these frequently asked questions and see if you might be ready to look into braces for adults.

Won’t Braces Look Unprofessional?

There are a lot of reasons why someone might choose not to have metal braces; one of them is that there is a stigma of unprofessionalism that can go along with them. Of course, this depends on your job and your age, but if you feel as though you’d look unpolished in the workplace with metal braces, then there are other options to consider, including ceramic braces, lingual braces, and Invisalign.

Are Lingual Braces Uncomfortable?

In a word, yes, they can be, but the discomfort is mainly in the beginning, when your tongue is getting used to the braces. All braces come with an element of discomfort in the early days. If you have traditional metal braces or ceramic braces, the discomfort tends to be on your inner lips and inner cheeks. With lingual braces, however, it occurs on your tongue. This can make talking and eating painful. The good news is that you will adjust to them within a week or two.

Is Invisalign Right for Me?

Only your dentist or orthodontist can answer that question, because it varies from person to person. If you have a mild overbite, a space between your front teeth, or crooked incisors, then Invisalign could work for you. If you have a more severe malocclusion, however, you might need to go a more traditional route. A consultation with a dental professional can tell you whether this type of orthodontic treatment is right for you.

If you are looking into the possibility of braces for adults, give our office a call for a consultation or to be referred to an orthodontist in the area.

Improve Your Smile in 2018

Are you happy with your smile? When you look in the mirror, does your grin make you want to, well, grin? Too many people make it a note to smile with their lips closed or talk with a hand in front of their mouths because they aren’t happy with the way their teeth look. If this sounds familiar, we don’t want you to feel that way anymore! Check out some of the ways you can improve your smile in 2018.


If your front teeth are chipped, misshapen, or otherwise making you hesitate to smile, porcelain veneers might be the right option for you. Veneers can also close up a gap, called a diastema, between the front teeth in some cases. These fit over the outside surface of your front teeth, much like an artificial nail fits over your natural fingernail. The tooth will be prepared for a veneer, so it’s a permanent restoration; if it were to fall off, which is uncommon, you’d need to have it replaced.


Many people think that their chance for having braces has passed once they exit their teen years. This is not the case! Many adults have orthodontic treatment, including braces, throughout their 30s, 40s and beyond. You can have the metal type that most teens get, or you can use one of the options available for adults, such as lingual braces, porcelain braces, or Invisalign. Talk to your dentist about whether a referral to an orthodontist is needed.

Teeth Whitening

If you aren’t happy with the shade of your teeth, then teeth whitening might be on your list of smile-brightening new year’s resolutions. Today’s bleaching agents are gentle, safe, and effective. You can use the type you find in your local pharmacy or you can have a tray fabricated by your dentist. Your dentist can help you decide what option is right for you depending on your budget, how much whitening you are looking for, and whether you are prone to hypersensitivity or gum irritation.

Give us a call today to schedule an appointment. We’d love to help you have a brighter and smile-inducing 2018!


  • Are you self-conscious about your smile?

  • Do you tend to not smile in pictures or not smile at all?

  • Do you try to hide your teeth when you talk, laugh, or smile?

  • Did you have braces before but your teeth are crooked again?

You are not alone. Would you believe us if we told you there is a way to straighten your teeth for better oral hygiene and smile confidence in about six months? There is a treatment that combines the effectiveness of traditional braces with a modern cosmetic twist. It’s called Six Month Smiles, and it’s helped thousands of people reveal a beautiful smile.

What is Six Month Smiles?

Six Month Smiles is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear brackets and tooth-colored wires, meaning they’re barely visible and takes much less time than traditional braces do to work their magic!  The average treatment time is about six months (ranges 4-9 months) to help patients with crooked, crowded, or spaced teeth.

While Six Month Smiles utilizes the same orthodontic mechanics of traditional braces, the emphasis is more on the cosmetic appearance of your teeth instead of your bite meaning that low force is typically all that’s needed to move your teeth in a shorter period of time.  We’re used to people thinking the accelerated treatment time means more pain will be involved, but this isn’t the case either!

So to recap:

  • Six Month Smiles are  clear braces that are much less visible than regular braces
  • They work gently and quickly
  • They’re often less expensive and less invasive than traditional braces, Invisalign®, or veneers
  • Average treatment time is 6 months  (can range 4-9 months)
  • Does not fix large overbites, bite or TMJ issues
  • Recommended for adults (18 and over)

If you’ve been dreaming of a straighter smile, we can help you make it a reality. Dr. Banik proudly offers the Six Month Smiles Clear Braces System. For more details call us to schedule a free consult.  See if Six Month Smiles can work for you!