Crooked, crowded or spaced out teeth can have a negative effect on your self-image but can also lead to dental health problems. Even with brushing and flossing, crooked teeth can be harder to keep clean. This increases your chances of tooth decay and gum disease.
Modern braces provide an efficient way to straighten teeth and enjoy better dental health. At Harley Street Dental Clinic in Harley Street, experienced orthodontists focus on treating both adults and children using the latest teeth straightening technologies.
When is the Best Time to Undergo Teeth Straightening?
Ideally children should be assessed by an orthodontist between the ages of seven and nine years. This means teeth straightening treatment can be started as soon as possible, if needed. However, not everyone has the chance to have their teeth straightened as a child, and sometimes relapse can occur later in life. This is why a range of braces is now available to treat adults seeking straighter teeth.
Options for Adults
Braces are traditionally thought of as fixed metal appliances made of brackets and wires attached to the teeth. This is an effective treatment but is quite conspicuous, which can be particularly off-putting for adults. There are now more discreet alternatives:
- Porcelain Fixed Braces. These braces use tooth coloured wires and brackets and are ideal for more complex treatments. They blend into the background of your teeth, making them a subtler alternative to metal braces.
- Incognito Lingual Braces. These braces are attached to the backs of your teeth and are therefore completely hidden from view.
- Invisalign Clear Aligners. These removable braces are almost invisible to the untrained observer. A series of aligners are used to gradually straighten your teeth. You can take them off to eat, brush or floss, reducing the impact on your lifestyle.
An orthodontist is best placed to advise you on which treatment is most appropriate for your individual case, taking into consideration cost and convenience too. In most cases after completion of your teeth straightening treatment, you will need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth in their new positions. This can be in the form of a clear, plastic retainer or a fixed retainer attached to the backs of your teeth.