If you look around these days, adult women and men are adorning their choppers with braces more than ever before, these adults include black women. What used to be the custom for toothy kids and teens is showing up on the molars of folks not only with drivers licenses, but credit cards, mortgages and grown folks business to handle. This isn’t the ‘90s, and no longer are braces the huge encumbrance they used to be. They are less of a fashion statement and more about (hopefully) working to get askew teeth back on the same page, keeping teeth clean (which is harder when they’re not straight) and dealing with joint issues in the mouth that can be corrected with some hardware. If you’re well over 18 and thinking about trying braces as an adult, here are five things you should know to get prepared in order to rock them with confidence.