When you think braces, you probably think of kids and teenagers right? But nowadays more and more adults are choosing to have orthodontic treatments.
We spoke to Claire Nightingale from Queens Gate Orthodontics, an orthodontic practice in London who told us: “About 20 years ago, orthodontic work was almost exclusively focussed on children and teenagers.
“However nowadays we see a full range of ages coming into our surgery, and adult treatments are becoming one of our main areas of work for a number of reasons.”
For some it’s to achieve that celebrity smile, or for others it’s as simple as straightening up some misaligned teeth.
We’re also seeing more and more of the rich and the famous wearing braces. You may be surprised at some of the celebs that Elle found had worn braces in this article.
If you’re thinking of looking into adult orthodontics for yourself, here are what we believe to be the three best reasons to do so!
Your smile says so much about you, and if you’re unhappy with yours it can have a really negative impact on your confidence.
If people see you walking round with a beaming smile on your face, it has a positive impact on not just you, but everyone else in the room.
On the other hand, if you’re not confident with your smile so you walk round trying to avoid smiling, people will get the wrong impression and think you’re giving them the cold shoulder.
For many, the problem stems from the fact that they never had orthodontic treatment as a youngster, and now their teeth have suffered in later life.
It may not seem like a big deal, but oral health problems can have a huge impact on someone’s life and can really stunt your social life and even your career.
Orthodontics can help give you your confidence back and allow you to start living life to the fullest again.
Teeth problems are usually associated with younger patients, but adults are just as likely to suffer from issues such as misalignment and crossbite.
Worse still, these problems can lead to even worse conditions such as gum disease from the plaque and food build-up between the teeth.
It’s worth nothing that even if your teeth are otherwise completely healthy, they can still shift at any age.
And don’t assume that because you had braces as a youngster you don’t need them now!
Our mouths are constantly changing, and it’s also possible that your doctor didn’t tell you to wear your retainer long enough back in the day!
Braces aren’t the metal train tracks that you might remember from when you were a kid anymore!
Not only are today’s braces much smaller, they also don’t use the super-obvious metal band that wraps around the teeth.
The most popular option nowadays are ceramic braces which are white or clear and so are far less noticeable.
There are also new technologies such as Invisalign which are removable clear plastic aligners which don’t use wires.
They allow you to eat and drink whatever you want and are almost invisible, so banish any thoughts you have of being branded a ‘metal mouth’!
Hopefully the above will convince you that getting braces as an adult isn’t the end of the world, and can actually be a great benefit to your health and your confidence!
Ask your dentist or head to a specialist orthodontic surgery for more information if you are interested in getting a smile that you can be proud of.