men with braces

Children can get excited when going to get their braces adjusted, because they get to pick new colors for their brackets. They get to express their individuality and style by combining their favorite colors, often choosing school colors or holiday colors; however, when you’re an adult, this isn’t something that is too exciting for you. In fact, most adults want their braces to do the exact opposite of standing out. They want their braces to blend into their life as seamlessly as possible. As an adult getting braces, there are many options available. Let’s talk about the best orthodontic treatment options for adults.

Gold Braces

Gold braces are a perfect way to express your style. Gold brackets and wires complement your look and amplify your style. Made of high-grade stainless steel, gold braces are not only durable, they move teeth quickly just as traditional metal braces. As a result, helping to achieve your goal of perfect teeth in a timely manner. Gold braces are a top pick for many adults who want to add a little extra style to their smile.

Champagne Braces

Like gold braces, champagne braces accentuate your look. Combining gold brackets with silver wires, champagne braces are the perfect blend of style. Champagne braces match virtually all types of jewelry, providing the perfect look. Working the same as traditional metal braces, guiding teeth gradually into their proper positions in the mouth, champagne braces provide a look of luxury, while treating some of the toughest orthodontic issues in adults.

Clear Braces

Clear braces, or ceramic braces, are a popular choice among adult patients, due to the fact that they blend in well with the teeth. The brackets match your teeth’s basic color, and although not totally invisible, they are much less noticeable than traditional metal braces. Many adults opt for this path for their orthodontic treatment, since clear braces work the same as metal braces and they are so discreet in appearance. *Clear braces are generally worn on the upper teeth only.


For adults who want a little more flexibility with their treatment, Invisalign may be an option. Consisting of clear plastic aligners, which are removable, Invisalign has proven to be an effective and easily managed treatment option for adults. Keep in mind that there are rules to follow when wearing Invisalign. The aligners must be worn 20-22 hours per day and must be removed when eating and drinking. There are also many different Invisalign options, depending on the severity of your orthodontic issues, including:

  • Invisalign Complete
  • Invisalign Lite
  • Invisalign Express

Invisalign Complete treats the more severe orthodontic issues with an average treatment time of anywhere between 10-24 months. Invisalign Express, on the other hand, treats the least severe issues with a treatment time of approximately six months and under. Invisalign Lite is in between with a treatment time of about 7-9 months.

The Best Options for Adults

In the end, it’s all about personal preference and getting the product that is going to be the right fit for you. Meet with your orthodontist and discuss your treatment options and be sure to ask questions before deciding on a treatment path. Find a product that you’re comfortable with and also one that you like the look of; you’ll be wearing it for a little while, so comfort is key in all aspects.

The professionals at Charleston Orthodontic Specialists are ready to help you choose the right treatment option for you! Call (843) 4-BRACES to get started.