The benefits of visiting an orthodontist as an adult

You are never too old to benefit from treatment by an orthodontist – that’s the motto of the orthodontic team at Harley Street Dental Clinic, where we have three in-house orthodontists who welcome new patients of all ages.

orthodontist-harley-streetOrthodontics is the dental specialism that deals with the alignment of the teeth, and with how the jaws meet each other. If you believe that metal train-track braces are the only route to straighter teeth, it’s time to think again. At Harley Street Dental Clinic your orthodontist can offer a wide range of subtler methods of improving tooth alignment.

What a Harley Street orthodontist can do

When you come into Harley Street Dental Clinic for an orthodontic consultation, your orthodontist will examine you and listen to any preferences you may have for treatment, before talking you through the pros and cons of all the relevant options.

Treatment may involve the use of a fixed appliance – a brace – or a removable appliance – an aligner. All of the systems available at our Harley Street dental centre are specifically suited to a variety of situations, and your orthodontist will help you to make an educated choice about which will suit you best.

Hidden benefits

Whilst many adults come to see a Harley Street orthodontist concerned about the way that their teeth look, it should not be forgotten that there are always more than just aesthetic benefits to be gained from straightening your teeth, even in cases where fast-acting cosmetic braces are used.

Straighter teeth are easier to keep clean. With fewer awkward to clean gaps in which food particles can gather and plaque can amass, straightening your teeth can cut your risk of gum disease and tooth decay – so long as you visit your dentist and hygienist regularly, of course, and practise prudent dental hygiene at home.

Issues with your bite can cause excessive wear and tear on certain teeth, and can even make it difficult to eat a healthy diet. Protruding front teeth are also at a greater risk of accidental damage. An orthodontist can provide subtle treatment to help with all of these issues.