Think orthodontics, and you’ll probably conjure up images of children and/or teenagers proudly displaying their metal braces. It’s true that orthodontic treatment is now considered standard for children and teens in the UK, but it’s wrong to imagine that adults who have misaligned, crooked, or crowded teeth are beyond the realms of help.
The problem is that many adults balk when they hear the suggestion of “orthodontics” or “braces” from their dentist. They wrongly assume that metal braces are the only option for treatment, and it’s not difficult to understand why the thought of wearing such obvious devices, traditionally associated with treatment times of up to 24 months, is considered incompatible with a professional adult lifestyle.
You may even have teenage children who themselves are currently wearing braces, enjoying the customisation options that modern orthodontic appliances offer. But the thought of having a matching set to your daughter or son might be fun for five minutes a home, only for you to lose your confidence to smile or even speak at business meetings, and making you want to quit socialising until treatment is complete.
Fortunately, modern orthodontic specialist practices such as Surrey Braces in Weybridge offer a number of far subtler treatments. These may be fixed or removable, and are designed both to be discreet and to have minimal impact on your day-to-day life.
Teeth straightening: the healthy option
Whatever your age, straightening your teeth has considerable health benefits. It’s easier to clean teeth that are properly aligned, with regular brushing and flossing and visits to the dentist and hygienist as needed. There are fewer awkward gaps in which food particles can get trapped and plaque bacteria can then build up. Therefore, with a good oral care routine, teeth straightening treatment benefits your dental and general health (conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, even strokes have been linked to gum disease in numerous medical studies).
The key to adult orthodontics is to make treatment as discreet as it is effective. Your orthodontist will discuss the ideal treatment to suit your clinical needs, but options include:
- Clear, removable aligners
- Tooth-coloured braces
- Lingual braces (attached to the back of your teeth).