Orthodontic treatment can change your world. Having confidence in your smile affects every aspect of your life both, professionally and personally. With the availability of state of the art orthodontic systems we can create beautiful smiles in adults without the awkwardness of conventional braces.
If you are thinking of having orthodontic treatment as an adult you may have some questions. We recommend that you read some answers below and also check out our smile gallery to find out what Ahmed (pictured below) and many others said after their treatment.
Why might I need Orthodontic Treatment?
Common reasons for having orthodontic treatment are:
- To improve the appearance of the teeth and face. Perhaps your teeth have become more crowded with age or have started to drift following gum disease or you just missed out on having treatment when you were younger.
- To help you dentist move teeth prior to crown or bridgework he/she is planning.
- To improve the health of the teeth and gums.
- To improve function i.e. to make it easier to eat.
Is it always possible to have braces as an adult?
Age is not necessarily a limiting factor. The biological process involved in tooth movement is the same in both adults and children. The health of your teeth and gums is the important factor in determining your suitability for orthodontic treatment. For instance if you have active gum disease, it is important this is brought under control before having a brace.
What types of braces are there?
There are those which can be removed for cleaning, known as removable braces and aligners like Invisalign.
The second type of brace is fixed to the teeth and cannot be removed for cleaning. These are either attached on the outer aspect of your teeth (labially) or inner aspect of your teeth (lingually).
Does it have to be so visible?
It is possible to have tooth coloured/ ceramic brackets and white wires on your teeth. These are fitted on the outer aspect of your teeth but much less visible at a distance than conventional metal braces. Tooth coloured brackets are generally more expensive than metal brackets.
It is also sometimes possible to have the brackets placed on the inner side of the teeth (lingual brackets). These are virtually invisible, but can irritate your tongue initially. They are also more expensive and treatment can take slightly longer to complete. Incognito is the latest lingual appliance system in the market. It involves using made to measure gold brackets fitted on the inner aspect of your teeth. The gold allows us to cast extremely thin brackets for comfort, durability and ease of use.
We offer all modern orthodontic appliance systems at Angle house. For more information on different braces click onto links above.
How long will treatment take?
It usually takes 12-24 months but will vary according to how complex you case is. We will provide you with an indication of this at the start.
If teeth need to be extracted who will do this?
Your own dentist will usually do this. Occasionally we will refer you to another specialist or an oral surgeon.
Is it painful?
Having the brace fitted is not painful. However, it is common to have tender teeth for 3-5 days after each fitting and adjustment.
How often will I need an appointment?
Once your brace has been fitted you will need frequent and regular appointments for it to be adjusted. This is usually every 6-8 weeks.
Will I still need to see my regular dentist?
Yes. It will be important you still have check-ups with your regular dentist throughout orthodontic treatment. This is so that your teeth can be checked for decay and gums examined for signs of disease. We would also recommend regular visits to your hygienist.
Will I need to wear another brace once my treatment has finished?
Once the active phase of your treatment has been finished, it will be necessary to wear a retaining brace. This may be removable or it may be fixed behind your front teeth. Modern Retainers are well disguised and comfortable. Most orthodontist agree that retention needs to be viewed as long term event to ensure your teeth remain straight.
Our practices only accepts adult patients privately. The cost of treatment will depend on the severity of your problem and type of braces you request. A written quotation will be available after an initial consultation.
''Every time you smile at someone it is an action of love, a gift to that person and a beautiful thing.'' Mother Theresa
If you have any other questions please feel free to ask us at your consultation appointment or via Ask the Orthodontists link on this site.
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