How an orthodontist can subtly straighten adult teeth

The benefits of treatment from an orthodontist are not exclusively reserved for children and teenagers. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we are keen to stress that orthodontic treatment can be useful to patients of all ages, improving both the appearance and function of the teeth and jaw.

straighten-teethOrthodontics is the dental specialism that focuses on the alignment of the teeth and jaws, and an orthodontist can treat problems such as malocclusions and improper bites – in other words, the way that the teeth and the jaws meet.

Harley Street Dental Clinic has not one but three in-house orthodontists, who can treat children, teenagers, and adults. Dr Sarah Neale, Dr Emma Lang welcome new patients of all ages. Dr Neale is known for her work with nervous patients, so if fear or anxiety about dental treatment has prevented you visiting an orthodontist in the past, she can help you to get the beautifully aligned smile you’ve always wanted thanks to her virtually pain-free dentistry.

One of the primary barriers to visiting the orthodontist as an adult is the popular misconception that orthodontics has to mean obvious metal braces. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we recognise the thought of lengthy treatment with a glaringly obvious appliance is not particularly compatible with a professional adult lifestyle. That’s why we choose to take a subtler approach.

The best appliance for you will depend on your clinical situation – the type and amount of correction required. When you come for a consultation with a Harley Street orthodontist, they will conduct a thorough clinical examination before talking you through all the relevant treatment options.

Depending on your needs, your Harley Street orthodontist may recommend:

Porcelain braces

Tooth-coloured porcelain appliances are a popular choice at our Harley Street clinic. These can be for rapid cosmetic correction or more extensive treatment.

Lingual braces

Your orthodontist can use lingual braces to correct a wide range of conditions. They work in the same way as regular braces, but are attached to the rear of your teeth so no-one will notice them.


A series of clear, removable aligners that take 6-12 months to complete.