What You Must Know About Orthodontics

Many of us underwent orthodontic treatment when we were growing up, or now wish that we had had the opportunity. It is not too late to make the decision to obtain the straighter smile you have always desired. Here we break down the topic for both adult and child orthodontics.

When to start treatment?

Adults -Advancements in modern cosmetic orthodontics, enables you the freedom to obtain the smile you desire, without putting your life on hold. Did you know that one out of five orthodontic patients is an adult in the UK? This demonstrates that there is no age limit for a healthy adult to undergo orthodontic treatment.

Children – The best age to begin treatment for misaligned teeth is in early teenage years when the teeth are still developing. By having regular visits to your dentist, they will be able to assess each time whether or not your child needs braces. Treatment is covered by the NHS up until the age of eighteen, so if you are considering braces and you are over this age you will have to attain braces through private surgeries.

What options are there?

Adults– There are more advance options available to adult patients who go through private surgeries, which are less obtrusive and known as the more ‘invisible’ option. Many of these routes can be removed throughout the day for comfort and can be worn for a certain amount of time each day. Cosmetic orthodontics can be completed in as little as three months. Depending on the type of treatment you chose and the amount of movement required on your teeth, factors into the length of time it will take.

Children – Most NHS braces that are used on children are the traditional style – made from metal and secured to the teeth using tooth cement. However ceramic and plastic options are available through private surgeries. They can either choose for them to be less visible, or if they want to make a fashion statement at school, they can choose the colour of the ceramics on the teeth. Traditional braces are usually fixed permanently for two years, but the results will last a lifetime.

If you are considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child, please contact us today to discuss these options further.

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