Most people associate dental braces with their awkward teenage years. For professionals, this can be an off-putting stereotype. No one wants to appear juvenile or insecure during a business meeting. That’s a big part of why many parents choose to put braces on their children, before they are old enough to worry about professional standards. However, braces are an essential orthodontic treatment for anyone who needs them. That’s why twenty percent of the people who get braces are adults, according to Healthline. If you’re considering being part of that percentage but are worried about the effects of braces on your professional life, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Medical Necessity

Braces aren’t just cosmetic tools. Having your teeth out of alignment is a painful problem. Teeth can crowd, causing mild to acute jaw pain. Improperly aligned teeth can make it difficult to chew. It can even hinder the body’s ability to breathe. Worst of all for a professional, teeth that aren’t appropriately aligned can hamper speech and your ability to be understood. Misaligned teeth are a serious health problem, and treating health problems improve your life. When it comes to your life as a professional, proper orthodontic treatment helps you perform your job to the absolute best of your ability.


Getting braces is a medically necessary orthodontic treatment, but it’s also a cosmetic one. The good thing about braces is that treating the misalignment also improves the overall appearance of your face. Bad teeth can be distracting for some people and be a point of self-consciousness for you. You don’t want to miss out on a job opportunity because you were too afraid to express your genuine personality, due to oral insecurities. Correcting your teeth’s alignment gives you a sharper, more professional appearance. It shows your peers that you go above and beyond to impress. Think of braces as an investment; it will pay off for years.

If your teeth don’t look like they’re not sitting where they’re supposed to, reach out to our team today. Your health and professional life can improve with proper orthodontic treatment. So why wait to advance your career and enhance your confidence? Contact Nowlin Orthodontics today for a consultation!