There 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:
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.