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Adult Braces | Do They Work?

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Medically reviewed by: Dr Anthony Lam Specialist Orthodontist, BDS (Hons), MSc (Lond), MOrth RCS (Edin)

29th June 2022
Adult Braces

Adult Braces

The number of adults choosing to have Orthodontic treatment continues to rise year on year. But does Orthodontic treatment as an adult actually work?

Although childhood is the ideal time to correct the positioning of the teeth, orthodontics absolutely works for adults. In a lot of adult cases, we will quite often use Invisalign as the aligners are clear and because of their ability to be removed for eating and cleaning.

It really is never too late to begin Orthodontic treatment. At Orthodontic Gallery we offer a wide range of Orthodontic treatment to suit all ages so we will find the right braces to suit you!

Advanced Adult Brace Technology

With the advanced technology of the iTero scanner, traditional, gooey dental impressions are a near thing of the past. Using the iTero’s digital scan of your teeth Invisalign, custom braces, and other Orthodontic appliances can be fabricated more accurately than they could have before. In just minutes, the digital scanner gives an accurate simulation of your treatment results, instantly. It’s especially important to understand treatment expectations with adult orthodontics because, for adults, orthodontics can be a great aesthetic and confidence enhancement.

Aesthetic Adult brace options

  • Invisalign – clear removable aligners that are comfortable and convenient.
  • Ceramic braces – fixed braces with tooth coloured brackets making them less noticeable than normal braces.
  • Lingual braces – fixed behind the teeth, making them completely invisible.

Book your free consultation to discuss all of the options available to you and find out everything you need to know before going ahead with treatment.

Advantages of Adult braces

When adults choose to have braces, they are instant more committed to the success of their orthodontic treatment. Being committed to attending appointments, good oral hygiene and generally taking care of the orthodontic appliance is a huge advantage of adult braces as it makes the orthodontic journey hassle-free, smooth and altogether faster.

Limitations of Adult braces

Because adults are not actively growing, certain bite problems cannot be corrected. This is because the growth cannot be modified or harnessed as it can in children. You’ll need to make sure you’re ‘dentally fit’ before starting orthodontics. As adults have a longer dental history and typically more fillings and crowns we’ll need to ensure everything is in order before treatment starts.

If you’ve had braces in the past we’ll need to check the health and length of your roots too, orthodontic treatment causes a safe amount of root shortening but too many or too long a course of orthodontics can mean retreating very complex cases isn’t possible. A simple OPG radiograph will let us know for sure.

If you’d like to know more about our adult brace options or you’d like to book a free iTero Scan and Consultation, please get in touch. Or you can book online. We’d love to help you achieve your perfect smile.

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