An increasing number of adults are turning to orthodontics later in life. As more people start to appreciate the value of a beautifully-aligned smile, they are demanding more subtle treatment options than fixed braces.
Surrey Braces in Weybridge offers orthodontic treatment to patients of all ages – children, teenagers, and adults. In the case of adult teeth straightening, this can be easily achieved without a glint of metal in sight.
For children and teenagers, NHS orthodontic treatment may be available, based on a strict set of clinical criteria. This treatment will involve the use of metal braces, and there can be lengthy waiting lists. Being placed on a waiting list for long periods of time can lead to problems getting worse and can also affect teenagers’ self-esteem at a delicate time in life.
Furthermore, issues that are considered to be primarily cosmetic dental concerns are unlikely to qualify for NHS orthodontics because the criteria put a higher weighting on issues that affect dental health as well as appearance. This may include impacted teeth, missing teeth, or an abnormal bite.
Private orthodontic treatment is available to anyone who needs it, at any time of life. Even when treatment is considered primarily cosmetic, it will help to improve oral hygiene by reducing the areas where plaque can build up. This can cut your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
A number of subtler appliances are available to private orthodontic patients, which can be beneficial for image-conscious teenagers as well as for adults who balk at the thought of a metal brace.
Discreet routes to straighter teeth include:
A series of clear, removable aligners are used to guide the teeth into a better position. The number of aligners required will depend on the type and amount of correction, and you will need to change them fortnightly.
This popular system of lingual braces is made from metal, but will pass unnoticed in everyday life because they are attached to the rear (or lingual) surfaces of the teeth.
Six Month Smiles
A system of tooth-coloured cosmetic braces that rapidly correct issues affecting the front six teeth in the upper or lower jaw.