Orthodontic treatment for adults
Orthodontic problems like crowding, gaps or a bad bite can worsen over time if not appropriately addressed. For instance, a 'bad bite' can end up causing chewing problems, uncharacteristic wearing of tooth surfaces and injury to the supporting bone and gum tissue. Poor tooth alignment can contribute to pain in your jaw joints and crowded teeth can be hard to clean or maintain, which may eventually lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even tooth loss.
Braces can fix any of these problems and these days, modern technology means they will fit in with almost any lifestyle. What’s more, adult patients tend to adjust very rapidly and adapt sufficiently enough to ensure their orthodontic appliances don’t impact on their day-to-day lives.
Some of the appliances available include ceramic (tooth coloured) fixed braces, clear plastic removable moulds that fit to your teeth and lingual fixed braces, which are attached behind the teeth. All of these options allow you to minimise the visibility of the brace.
Starting orthodontic treatment
In order to clarify if you can benefit from orthodontic treatment, you will need to book a consultation with a specialist orthodontist.
At this consultation, the orthodontist will:
- check the condition of your teeth, gums and supporting bones to determine the potential for improving your smile and dental health,
- make a decision and inform you of what your treatment will involve,
- advise you of an approximate cost of treatment.
If you decide to go ahead with treatment, your orthodontist will then make diagnostic records of your mouth, including taking moulds of your teeth, special x-rays and photographs.
Because everyone's teeth are distinct to them, it is only after a thorough examination of you and your orthodontic requirements, that your orthodontist will recommend the optimum course of treatment for improving your smile.