Adult Orthodontics

Dental irregularities in older patients may still be treated unobtrusively and with maximum efficiency to produce optimum results.

Although the ideal time to have orthodontic treatment is whilst the patient is still growing, adults can still benefit from treatment at our London practice and achieve the smile they have always wanted; the practice of adult orthodontics has become increasingly popular in recent years.

Those who missed the opportunity during childhood or have developed problems more recently, are now able to take advantage from the vast improvements in technique and aesthetic materials, making orthodontic care acceptable at any age.


Adult orthodontic options

We generally prefer to see patients during the years that their jaw is growing. This allows us to work with the general growth of the patient and in so doing allow the teeth to fall into a natural alignment. Of course, this ideal does not always happen and this is where adult orthodontics fits in.

If you live in London and looking for some adult orthodontic options then here's what's available to you:

  1. Invisible braces - either using Invisalign (clear braces) or lingual orthodontics (behind the teeth braces)
  2. Ceramic braces
  3. Conventional metal braces

Of course we realise that many adults do not really wish to wear obtrusive braces in adult life, this is why we offer the invisible option and ceramic braces. Both of these alternatives for adults give great results. If you are an adult living in the London area and wish to discuss more about which option of orthodontic you would like them please do give us a call.

Frequent Questions about adult orthodontics

My teeth are moving again after orthodontics, what can I do?

This is generally the biggest reason that adults decide to go for orthodontics. Many adults have had orthodontics as a child but the teeth can move over time, so relapsed orthodontics is often the driving force behind adult treatment.

The options to move teeth back to their original position are numerous and include Invisalign, ceramic braces or lingual braces.

I have big gaps between my teeth can this be treated?

Yes, it is normally possible to close gaps between teeth with adult orthodontics. It may be that in some instances the gaps are too large, if this is the case then it is possible to reshape the teeth using a direct composite bonding material, often called instant veneers. When we begin your adult orthodontic treatment we will always carry out a full assessment of the final result, we are generally able to tell if we can close all gaps between teeth, and can then advise at this stage if we feel any additional treatment (such as bonding) is required in order to close the space.

We would typically try to keep any adult brace to close the gaps as invisible as possible, this could be done with Invisalign almost invisible braces, lingual or behind the teeth braces or possibly ceramic braces. Any of these options are great for closing gaps between teeth in adults.

Will I have to have teeth removed to have adult orthodontics?

Whilst this does sometimes happen it is certainly not the norm. Teeth are only removed in situations where you have extra teeth (called supernumeraries) or where the teeth are especially crowded and we need to gain some room by removing teeth. Generally speaking we will work to preserve as much of your natural dentition as possible.

I have existing dental crowns, can I still have orthodontics?

The overall answer to this question is yes, you can still have orthodontics. The final decision however will need to be made at an assessment, as it depends specifically upon which teeth you have the dental crowns on and which teeth need to be moved. The problem is that even if your tooth is in the correct position we may need to put) on it in order to use it as an anchor point. There are so many combinations of where you might have crowns and what the impact could be on adult orthodontics that the best thing is always to take a trip to your London orthodontist and seek their professional advice.

Will wearing braces weaken my gums and teeth?

Absolutely not. The act of moving your teeth will not weaken the bones at all around those teeth, and generally speaking moving teeth into a new position will actually increase your overall oral health. This is because crooked teeth are typically more difficult to clean, and so by straightening them it allows the brush and floss to get between the teeth and keep them far more healthy.

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