Orthodontics for adults: what you need to know

Orthodontics isn’t just for children and teenagers. Harley Street Dental Clinic offers a wide range of orthodontic treatments for adults. These are much subtler, gentler, and often act much more quickly than standard metal braces.

orthodontics-harley-streetMost people think that orthodontics is all about approving the appearance of your teeth, and whilst this is a big part of it, it is not the full story. Orthodontics is designed to treat malocclusions, which is usually caused by a disproportionate relationship between the two jaws and/or by tooth irregularities.

As well as the obvious aesthetic concerns this can raise, it can also affect your diet if you struggle to bite and chew some foods, and can make it tricky to clean your teeth properly when there are hard-to-reach areas where dental plaque can build up. This can increase your chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease, which both lead to tooth loss. Gum disease has also been linked to a number of general health concerns, from heart and lung disease to diabetes and strokes.

Therefore, improving your tooth alignment with a Harley Street orthodontist can bring many benefits to your health. Orthodontics involves the use of fixed braces, removable aligners, or corrective surgical procedures to improve jaw and tooth alignment.

Orthodontic surgery is rarely required in adulthood, because conditions which are that severe will be picked up by NHS orthodontics during childhood or the teenage years. However, adult orthodontics isn’t all about rapid cosmetic correction, either; we offer a number of different options designed to treat all manner of issues at Harley Street Dental Clinic.

Harley Street orthodontics for adults

At Harley Street Dental Clinic we use both fixed braces and removable aligners for adults interested in orthodontics. Your orthodontist will recommend the best treatment for you when you come for a consultation.

Options include:

Lingual braces – Made from metal but affixed to the rear sides of the teeth, these braces are invisible in day-to-day life.

Ceramic braces – There are a number of tooth-coloured ceramic braces available, from cosmetic options to those that do the same as standard metal braces, much more subtly.