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The Benefits of Braces As An Adult

BracesThere are so many benefits to straightening your teeth as an adult, and not all of them are aesthetic. Whilst it is likely to be cosmetic concerns about the alignment of a smile that brings adult patients in to a dental practice for an orthodontic consultation, there are always additional health benefits, too.

The biggest concern for adult orthodontic patients is that they will have to wear metal “train-track” braces. In fact, whilst these are used routinely for free NHS orthodontics for children and teenagers, there are many more discreet alternatives for adults.

Aura Dental in North West London is always keen to extol the virtues of teeth straightening treatment at any age, and offers both subtle braces and clear, removable aligners for adults who need a subtler method of improving the alignment of their teeth.

The major health boon of orthodontic treatment of any kind is that it makes dental hygiene easier. Misaligned teeth are hard to clean properly, with difficult areas where plaque bacteria can amass, leading to dental decay and gum disease.

Obviously, you do need to make sure you brush and floss your teeth effectively, and visit your dentist and hygienist as planned, but straightening your teeth will make your hygiene routine easier.

If you have issues with your bite – how your jaws meet – this can affect your ability to bite and chew food, can sometimes cause headaches, and can lead to excessive wear and tear of certain teeth. Using a discreet orthodontic appliance to improve your bite can significantly improve the situation.

Furthermore, protruding front teeth (“buck teeth”) are at a greater risk of accidental damage. Properly aligning them will, therefore, better protect them as well as improving your smile’s appearance.

There are numerous routes to straighter teeth, and treatment may involve a fixed or removable appliance. Options include:

Inman Aligner

A single aligner used to improve the position of protruding or crowded front teeth in a matter of weeks.

Six Month Smiles

This popular system of cosmetic braces comprise clear and tooth-coloured parts and are idea for quick correction of issues affecting the “social six” front teeth.


Treatment involves a series of clear, removable aligners that gently guide the teeth into a better position.

Retainers After Braces: Learn the Truth Behind Maintaining a Brand New Smile

Retainers After BracesDental braces change the position of crooked teeth to give you a straight and beautiful smile. Orthodontic treatment usually takes two to three years. If you are wondering whether the new look will keep the braces come off, ask your dentist, but normally, you still have to wear a permanent or removable retainer fabricated by a reliable orthodontics lab. 

Without retainers, the changes brought forth by wearing braces might come undone. By wearing retainers, you can be more confident your new and better smile will remain straight for many years to come.

Removable versus permanent retainers

Continuing maintenance is an important aspect of orthodontic management. Retainers are customized to the wearer. The orthodontist creates a mold and uses this to fabricate a device that you have to wear for a few months, a few years, or indefinitely depending on circumstances.

Orthodontic patients usually wear removable retainers at night and remove them upon waking. You can clean your teeth without the device getting in the way. If you follow the prescribed schedule there won’t be any problem with maintenance. However, if you forget or neglect to wear it, then poor maintenance might result in a change in teeth alignment.

Meanwhile, the dentist affixes permanent retainers to the teeth for favorable long-term outcomes. If you’re already used to wearing braces then this should pose no problem. Just figure out how to floss effectively. Many people complain of difficult flossing their teeth with their retainers getting in the way.

How long do you have to wear them?

There is no standard. Your age, the setting of your teeth, and specific anatomical factors are some of the factors they consider when they prescribe retainers. Some people wear retainers for a few months. Others will have to wear them for the rest of their lives.

Your dentist will explain to you why wearing retainers are necessary, and justify why you have to wear them. Do not hesitate to ask questions especially about proper care and maintenance of retainers.

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Oral Care 101 for People with Braces

oral carePatients wear braces to correct crooked or overcrowded teeth. Wearing braces will give you straight teeth and a dazzling smile. Learn some important oral hygiene tips when wearing braces below.

Why You Need to Pay Extra Attention to Oral Care

An important part of oral hygiene is the removal of plaque. Plaque is a layer of food particles that allows the growth of disease-causing bacteria. Braces make the removal of the plaque more difficult. Food and plaque that get trapped in the tiny spaces between braces and wires may lead to tooth decay and enamel stains.

The purpose of putting braces is to correct some problems with your teeth. Still, without proper oral care, wearing braces may lead to some problems.

How to Properly Clean Your Teeth

Using conventional floss thread may be very difficult; use special floss threaders instead to remove food particles easily. Interdental brushes and irrigation devices that spray pressurised water to remove food particles between teeth are also useful. Use fluoride products regularly to strengthen teeth and antibacterial rinses to reduce the bacteria in the mouth.

A regular visit to the dentist is necessary to address problems with your teeth.  Employ the services of the dentist who has a good track record. It is important that your dentist is well-trained and has extensive experience. You should also know your dentist’s approach to dentistry.

Moonlight Dental Surgery recommends a preventative approach to oral problems. This includes providing regular advice to help you understand how to care for your teeth.

Make your smile more beautiful with proper oral hygiene. The right oral care doesn’t stop from wearing braces to straighten teeth. It includes brushing your teeth regularly and visiting your dentist at least twice a year.