Adult Braces: It’s Not Too Late to Get a Confident Smile

Thanks to adult braces, it’s never too late to get a confident smile. Dr. Patrick Brady specializes in brightening smiles. Regardless of your age, our team in Winnetka guarantees to have you grinning from ear to ear. If you’ve ever considered them for yourself (or someone you love), then keep reading to find out how adult braces can help. 

It’s never too late to give yourself the smile that you deserve. Orthodontic technology has expanded treatment options beyond what they used to be. Adult clients now have access to many different choices. Some are nearly invisible to the naked eye. Continue reading to learn more about how Brady Orthodontics can help you enliven your smile. 

Varieties of Braces for Adults

Dr. Brady will speak with you directly to determine which treatment option you need. Here are some of the possibilities you may come across. 

Clear Aligners

What if you had braces that you could remove whenever you wanted (within Dr. Brady’s guidance, of course)? Our team uses clear, lightweight plastic aligners by Invisalign®. They offer the wearer much more comfort and convenience than conventional braces. In general, you’ll wear your aligner for 9-15 months and will use between 18 – 30 sets. We recommend keeping the aligner on for 22 hours a day. 

Clear Braces

You may also hear clear braces referred to as ceramic, tooth-colored, or aesthetic. This is because they are designed to blend in with the teeth. Clear braces empower you to continue your daily routine without fretting about your appearance. They are more discreet and less obvious than metal braces. As a general rule, Dr. Brady recommends clear braces for most adults. 

Metal Braces

An oldie, but a goldie! This is the image most people have when they think of “braces.” They’ve earned something of a stigma over the years, but Brady Orthodontics intends to change that. Modern metal braces have lighter wires and sleeker brackets. For you, this means less pain and irritation. Our braces are compact and comfortable. A major advantage of metal braces is that they can potentially shorten the duration of your treatment. 


Similar to traditional braces, but with a noticeable twist. While InBrace isn’t quite invisible, it does fit on the back side of your teeth. This way, you can smile wide without fear of anyone seeing it. Dr. Brady installs the InBrace, so that your teeth will slowly straighten over time. Worried about how it will feel? Don’t be. We measure your teeth using 3D imaging technology. Your InBrace will be customized to fit you – and only you! InBrace is available for adult clients and demands fewer visits to our office.

Adult Braces: It's Not Too Late to Get a Confident Smile

How Adult Braces Benefit You

Better Physical Health

Proper brushing and flossing contribute to oral health. But they aren’t magic. If teeth are out of alignment, brushing and flossing may not be able to resolve the problem. Misshapen teeth create nooks and crannies in which plaque festers. If left untreated, excess plaque can lead to sore or bleeding gums, pain in the jaw, and headaches. 

But the physical ailments don’t stop with oral hygiene. Especially later in life, irregularly shaped teeth can complicate our ability to chew food. This means that a task as simple as eating has now become a choking hazard. And what’s worse, swallowing unchewed food can cause severe abdominal discomfort. 

Enhanced Confidence

An improved smile doesn’t just change how you look. It alters how you feel about yourself. Adult braces can influence how you perceive your own face. The American Association of Orthodontists estimates that nearly 2 million adults receive orthodontic treatment. At our Winnetka location, many patients are over the age of 18. But Brady Orthodontics wants our clients to think beyond numbers. That figure represents people with fuller lives. Whether at yourself in the mirror or a passing stranger, smiling elevates your confidence. Visit us in person to find out why changing lives is our forte! 

The Whiter the Smile, the Clearer the Mind

Still not convinced that orthodontic intervention is right for you? Dr. Brady’s standard for our Winnetka office is that we intend to change lives. And that means much more than rearranging teeth. Adult braces can decrease anxiety and depression and boost overall mental health. Furthermore, if you like your smile, you’ll want to show it off. Smiling makes your brain pump out neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. These neurotransmitters influence your motivation and sense of well-being. And guess what? People who feel good about themselves smile more! Brady Orthodontics wants to help you tap into this kind of healthy feedback loop. 

Braces for the Budget Conscious

Our team understands how hard it can be to obtain care for ourselves and our families. Above, we mentioned that technology had provided us with more options to serve you. In addition, orthodontic remedies are more affordable now than they have been in the past. Dr. Brady has resolved to never recommend anything a client doesn’t need. We’re happy to work with you to design a payment plan that fits your budget. Have insurance questions? No problem! We can work with your insurance company to ensure you get the best possible outcome.

Adult Braces: It's Not Too Late to Get a Confident Smile

Trust Brady Ortho for Adult Braces

Dr. Brady isn’t just in the business of fixing teeth. He wants to help people. To that end, consider that braces aren’t just for young folks. Your smile is not a lost cause. You deserve to feel good about yourself. And there’s no time like the present to give yourself such a gift. 

Our Winnetka team is more than prepared to assist you with questions about adult braces. We get how the idea of having braces can make someone feel. Consider that braces can give you things worth smiling about – more confidence, refined health, and a clearer mental outlook. And no matter your insurance or budget, we commit to finding you the best solution for you.

Go here to schedule your free consultation! Not ready to come into the office? No worries. Dr. Brady will gladly consult with you virtually