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Odd question, but would having braces be perceived negatively during consulting interview? 1 year post MBA if it matters.

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Officially, no. But it does sometimes give the impression of inexperience.

That said if you could prove that’s why you didn’t get the job you’d have a hell of a lawsuit on your hands

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You could argue that my unintelligence is a result of my genetic information.... Really odd wording on that.

Also, fixing your teeth is one of the best investments you can make health and aesthetic-wise! Will definitely help you once they’re off! 😆

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Invisalign for adults

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If possible, this is the correct answer.

I was contacted by a Deloitte recruiter shortly after I had major jaw surgery after a car accident. I did the interviews with my mouth *wired shut*. Braces aren't a deal breaker during an interview for sure, but long term it certainly made me feel more comfortable that I had Invisalign when I was talking to new coworkers and clients.

Be confident and be yourself. Performance is going to determine your success, not braces.

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Why not invisalign?

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This person already had braces in the past. Can’t be too extreme

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Unfortunately OP people do make snap judgments based on appearance and people are not used to seeing braces on adults. It’s not right or fair but that’s how it is.

If you already have braces I certainly wouldn’t let it hold you back, shoot your shot because you never know. If you don’t have braces yet might be good to wait until you’ve secured the job just in case? I also have friends in consulting who use the invisible braces which seem to work well for them.

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I would hope not, but I honestly think it would affect my first impression

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If you can hold off a couple months, it might be worth it. While there might be a perception issue (which frankly shouldn't be the case but I suspect is also dependent on the person), I'd be more concerned about temporary changes to your speech patterns. I had friends that lisped a bit more for the first month they had braces.

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Consult with different orthos. I’ve had one that told me I couldn’t, then went to another and said it was possible, just would take longer. He was right. I’m close to completion but it took over 2.5 years when regular braces would’ve needed 1 year

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Zero fucks given about braces. Take care of yo teeth and crush the case.

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I got my braces earlier this year (March) and was concerned about the same thing but it hasn’t been bad at all.
I have ceramic braces which aren’t as noticeable as the metal ones. Also,as someone mentioned above, the key is balancing your speech changes -it’s worse the first few days after each adjustment so I try to schedule them for Thursday afternoons to minimize the number of meetings I need to attend
Having said that, still worth it! Finally able to pay for them, so not letting it hold me back or knock my confidence

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Adult braces are peculiar. Go with something less visible

Thanks for the replies folks. It’s interesting to hear different perspectives. Unfortunately the dentist told me that I’m not qualified for invisible line (didn’t catch the reason) and was planning to interview in a couple months.

I had braces before but lost retainers for a while and teeth kinda moved away a bit (still look really good) but eventually I know I need to get new retainers and bring them back to the right places.

D2 thanks, I read something similar online as well. And I agree, didn’t think my teeth were complicated because they look straight. May go to a few other ones

Why can’t you get them on the back of your teeth?

So I went for braces (ceramic brackets for the few front teeth) and landed multiple MBB offers.

Key takeaways: be confident and acted as it wasn’t there. Also zoom helped a bit covering some of the look. Was slightly worried at first but it was almost normal. Thank you all for the inputs and hopefully this would help anyone who’s making the braces decision

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