When thinking of braces, a teenager with a mouth full of metal comes to mind. But what about adult orthodontia? Many adults feel that they have missed their opportunity to get the straight smile they so desire, but we are here to tell you it’s never too late. In fact, here are some of the many unexpected benefits of waiting to adulthood to straighten your teeth:

Time Flies as an Adult

Due to the way the brain receives and processes images as we continue to age, time actually does seem to move faster than it did when we were kids. With regular life activities like work, grocery shopping, and finding time to relax—the few years of having braces will pass by in no time.

Your Money, Your Options

When you’re responsible for paying for your own braces, that means you are able to pick the option that works best for you, customizing your orthodontic experience to what you’re comfortable with. Whether that’s traditional braces or Invisalign, you’re in charge!

You’re More Responsible

After spending so much money on straightening your teeth, you’re more likely to wear your retainer for the recommended amount of time. You’re also less likely to accidentally throw your retainer away than you would have as a teen or pre-teen.

You Look Younger

Braces are like the fountain of youth—you’ll probably get asked for your ID a lot more often, and who doesn’t love that?