Why braces have become more popular with adults

In recent years we have all become more involved in making improvements to our lifestyle and health. More information surrounds us than ever before, and, as adults, we know that we can improve what we have, with a little time and effort. This phenomenon is reflected in our dental care choices. More of us visit the dentist regularly, and care for our teeth better than ever before. We know our teeth can be cleaner, whiter and straighter if we want them to be. Because of this, there has been a marked improvement in the uptake in one particular area of adult dental care — orthodontics. As a nation, adults are increasingly opting for braces because we want to achieve that perfect smile, and we know that we can.

Braces are an established way of encouraging your teeth to move position gradually but effectively. They can straighten any crooked teeth, narrow any gaps between teeth, and correct any over or under bite or incorrect jaw position that we may have. They are not immediately corrective but some styles of braces work over a shorter period of time than others, so there is something to suit everyone. You can usually expect to wear your brace for between 6 and 24 months.

Another reason why braces have become more popular with adults, is that some of the different types now available are generally less intrusive. The traditional metal braces that we have all been used to, are really effective in the job that they do, but for adults at least, they can be a little off-putting. With Invisalign® for example, the brace is a clear aligner that looks a little like a retainer or mouthguard. Other products such as Incognito®, are a form of bespoke brace that is placed behind your teeth instead of in front of them. With both of these options, there is much less likelihood of people realising you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Although many people considering braces will almost certainly look at the cost implications of this treatment, it is also important to consider the requirements placed on you as a patient. In order to ensure maximum benefit with any orthodontic treatment, you need to keep the brace in place whilst looking after your teeth very carefully. Cleaning around the brace by toothbrush and by floss is essential. Eating foods that can increase the chances of tooth decay or gum disease is not wise at any time of your life, but can be a particular problem during orthodontic treatment and so should be avoided.

The way that a brace works is to apply pressure gradually over a period of time. The correction is made slowly but surely. Once the treatment has finished there will be some time that you will need to enforce the maintenance of the work done by wearing a retainer at certain times of the day (or night). As you can imagine, your teeth will not be used to this pressure and for a short time there will be a period of adjustment which may cause a little discomfort. This is a totally natural part of the process.

It is worth making improvements to your smile whatever your age. If you would like to know more about how you can do this then contact Northenden House Orthodontics on 0161 998 2622.

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