Traditionally, teeth straightening has been associated with children and teenagers. Over the years, an increasing number of adults are looking into ways to improve their crooked teeth and bite problems. However, adult patients are less likely to enjoy the idea of wearing brackets and wires. Luckily, dentistry has drastically improved and there are now more discreet options available than ever. Adult braces have many benefits and are here to stay.
In North London, braces are not just for children anymore. Many dental practices, including Denchic Dental Spa, are opening up to adult patients who wish to straighten their teeth inconspicuously. Adult braces can either be fixed (i.e. Six Month Smiles) or removable (i.e. Invisalign, Inman Aligner) and can help straighten a patient’s teeth in as little as a few weeks.
Considering treatment with braces
Some people are born with misaligned teeth, while others gradually develop them later in life. Common issues that require teeth straightening treatment include overbites, underbites, crossbites, open bites, spacing, impacting and missing teeth. Patients can either have a normal bite and misaligned teeth or bite issues and misaligned teeth at the same time. All these issues can cause the teeth to twist, rotate, move or overlap.
The relationship between the teeth and the jaw starts from a young age. However, while being young is ideal for starting teeth straightening treatment, early treatment is not a pre-condition for success. Most adults can have their teeth straightened with braces in North London later in life successfully.
Benefits of adult braces
While the most important motive behind the decision to proceed with teeth straightening appears to be aesthetics, braces can offer actual health benefits. Oral health is directly related to overall health and straight teeth are easier to clean and keep gum disease-free. Moreover, teeth straightening helps alleviate problems with chewing and biting that can lead to digestion problems, and ensures that the jaw remains strong and healthy. Adult braces, in particular, are made of discreet materials that work as well as metal brackets. Many patients are surprised to find out that some adult braces can cut treatment time almost in half.