All too often, the word ‘braces’ is associated with children or young adolescents and is reminiscent of ‘metal mouths’. However, getting Braces as an adult is no longer a dental taboo since an increasing number of adults opt for a straight set of teeth and studies have shown that nowadays at least 20% of braces wearers are adults. This is mostly due to the development of less visible orthodontic options.
Crooked and misaligned teeth are not just a problem during adolescence, despite what you may think. Ageing can cause teeth to become less straight. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we use orthodontics in Harley Street to treat diverse misalignment problems. If you are an adult with crooked, crowded or spaced out teeth then discreet orthodontics in Harley Street could be the right option for you. Adults looking for dental braces today will find more than just chunky metal ones.
Invisible braces: a whole world of options
There are many types of invisible braces and aligners available, the most common of which are clear braces, lingual braces, and Invisalign aligners. Clear braces work exactly like traditional metal braces minus the metal wiring. With clear braces, clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires move the teeth into alignment.
Lingual braces, on the other hand, are metal braces placed behind your teeth. Although their position in the mouth makes them virtually invisible, lingual braces may take some getting used as they are positioned next to the tongue.
Finally, Invisalign aligners are clear plastic custom-made aligners, which are used to gradually adjust the position of teeth. Invisalign is a very popular teeth straightening method among adults and perhaps for good reason since the aligners can be removed to eat and clean your teeth and are almost completely invisible to the eye. However, they must be worn for at least 20-22 hours a day in order for the treatment to run to schedule.
Although orthodontics can be effective at any age, be aware that sometimes it can take longer for adults to see results. To learn more about discreet orthodontics in Harley Street, please contact us today.