Adult Braces

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE…

How many times have you looked in the mirror and wished that you had a better smile?  It’s not just teenagers who can benefit from orthodontics.  Adults with good oral hygiene and who have healthy gums and teeth can undergo orthodontic treatment to correct crooked and protruding teeth, perhaps close gaps or address other problems such as teeth not fitting together correctly.

Since the turn of the century, more and more adults are seeking cosmetic dental work, proving that our smiles are increasingly important for social reasons and to build self-confidence.  Our clients range in age from 8 to 80 and beyond.

We can often help your own dentist achieve their treatment objectives for you too.  Orthodontic treatment can be used to optimise the placement of implants, bridges, crowns or veneers.

We’re often asked if treatment takes longer for adults.  The answer depends on the problem you present with.  Some treatments are quick and simple; others take more time.  Adult bone is a little denser than that of teenagers and so can take a bit longer to adapt to movement.  Be wary of quick fix orthodontics: as in life, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.  These short term systems often cut corners which can affect long term stability of the result.  For more information from an orthodontic consultant about Six Month Smiles have a look at this link; and Fastbraces try this.  An orthodontic specialist is best placed to advise you on this…

TYPES OF BRACES

Ceramic Fixed Braces

Ceramic “tooth-coloured” braces are cemented onto the front surface of each tooth and blend in with the surrounding teeth.  They are extremely sophisticated appliances and with careful planning by a specialist will achieve excellent results, even in the most crowded of mouths.  This is especially true where ‘bite’ problems exist such as the front teeth sticking out or overlapping too much.  Many brace systems claim to create perfect smiles in short periods of time, however only fixed appliances can provide consistent results in trickier cases.

Lingual Fixed Braces

Lingual braces are the ultimate in invisible braces, as the brace is worn on the tongue side of the teeth but retain the control and sophistication offered by fixed braces.  Due to the individual shape of the inner surface of teeth, this system has to be custom made for you, which allows for an excellent end result.  Speech can be slightly affected for the first week but you will very quickly acclimatise. Check out our partner websites www.hiddenbraces.com & www.myharmonysmile.com

Removable aligners

There are a number of clear removable appliance systems available which, in select situations, provide very high quality results.  The market leader in this field is Invisalign.

Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners each custom-made for you and so aesthetic most of your friends won’t spot them.  Each aligner is tasked with a certain job and is worn for two weeks after which the next aligner in the sequence is used.  This routine continues until your teeth are in their desired positions.

Invisalign is not suitable for every case but has a number of advantages as a system. For example aligners are removed for eating and cleaning your teeth, your lifestyle is not greatly changed and a big improvement in your smile can be achieved without wearing conventional braces.  Check out the website at www.invisalign.co.uk for further information.

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