Whenever someone mentions the word ‘brace’ many people instantly create an image of a small child in their head, smiling with a large, orthodontic brace – adorable!
However, while it is more common for children to require a trip to have their braces tightened, many people wrongly assume that the world of orthodontics can only help children achieve a straighter and better functioning set of teeth.
This is simply not true! The world of adult orthodontics is more popular than ever. With the creation of braces such as Invisalign and the Inman Aligner, more adults are approaching members of our team in Harley Street to get a straighter and healthier smile.
Our orthodontist in Harley Street is equipped to help anyone get a straighter smile! If you are aged 8 or 58, if your teeth and gums are in good condition and you are deemed suitable, our orthodontics team can help you get that coveted straighter smile in no time at all.
But what can our orthodontist in Harley Street actually do to help you get that straighter, healthier smile you would like as an adult? Read on to find out.
Picking a brace
It is true that most children wear the same type of brace, the traditional metal or orthodontic brace.
However, as an adult looking for straighter teeth, you have a wider range of options available, each targeted towards correcting a slightly different issue. Depending on your individual clinical situation, our orthodontist in Harley Street will select the correct brace for your teeth, targeting the treatment specifically to your dental requirements.
All braces are custom made to some extent, but when you come to our orthodontic team in Harley Street, they will create both a custom-fitted brace and an individually targeted dental plan.
This will aim to reduce your time wearing the brace and to minimise any associated discomfort you may feel throughout treatment.
While wearing any of the adult braces we offer at Harley Street, you will be required to attend both regular dental check-ups and orthodontic appointments.
During these assessments, our orthodontic team may need to take X-rays to examine the progress of your brace, and to make adjustments if required, to help move your teeth correctly and promptly. This can only be performed by an orthodontist, so it is vital you attend these check-ups, or you may be saddled with your brace for longer than you anticipated!
Treat associated conditions
As an adult who requires a brace, chances are you have experienced some of the conditions associated with misaligned teeth.
We are talking about more than a slightly crooked smile in photos; when you visit our orthodontic team for treatment, they can assess the damage caused by misaligned teeth, such as enamel wear, uneven surfaces, and problems caused by nocturnal grinding.
If you are undertaking treatment with a removable brace, our team may decide to create a custom-fitted mouthguard for you, to prevent any further damage to the surfaces of your teeth.