While orthodontic treatment is more effective when the mouth is young, adults can still benefit from the treatment. If you have always wanted to have your bite improved and teeth straightened, you can still have braces even if you are older.
If you are thinking of having orthodontic treatment as an adult, you may have some questions. We’ve answered some of the more frequent questions that we get asked.
When in your early teens, your dentist would have checked if you need orthodontics. If you were told that you need orthodontics but made the decision to not go ahead, you may still need the treatment. Your dentist is best placed to assess the condition of your bite and discuss whether you should speak to an orthodontist.
Common reasons for having orthodontic treatment are:
It isn’t so much the age that makes it more difficult for treatment to be successful, but the condition of your bite and the condition of both your teeth and gums. We treat each case individually and will always talk honestly about anything that will potentially hinder your treatment. If, for example, you have advanced gum disease, your bone will not be as welcome to movement as someone with healthy bone.
With fixed braces, there are alternative options to having metal brackets and wires. We offer tooth-coloured braces that are colour matched to your teeth, ensuring a discreet finish.
These are less visible at a distance.
We can also offer lingual braces, which fit on the inside of your teeth. These are virtually invisible but are more noticeable to the tongue. They are also more expensive and treatment can take much longer to complete. Only a few orthodontists offer this treatment.
Clear aligners are also a great option for more mild orthodontic needs. These removable aligners gradually move teeth to a straighter position. As they are removable, there’s no need to change your diet.
It usually takes 12-24 months but will vary according to how complex your case is.
Having the braces fitted is not painful. However, it is common to have slightly tender teeth for 3-5 days after each fitting and adjustment appointment.
Once your brace has been fitted you will need frequent and regular appointments for it to be adjusted.
To make your orthodontic treatment more affordable we have a selection of interest-free payment plans available. A deposit towards treatment payments means the remainder can be spread over an 12-month period, interest-free by direct debit or standing order. Click here to find out more about our fees and finance options.