There used to be a time when getting braces was synonymous with being a teen in secondary school, rather then being associated with the fully grown adult. How times have changed! Today, orthodontic treatment is more accessible than ever before, thanks to the diversity of braces available. Adult patients (and indeed younger patients) no longer have to put up with uncomfortable metal appliances that get in the way of daily life.
With options such as Six Month Smiles and Invisalign here at our Norwich dental practice, it’s never been more straightforward to achieve a beautifully aligned and healthy smile, that’s easy to care for.
How have braces changed?
Clunky, invasive and down-right annoying are all words and phrases that can be used to describe the braces of yesteryear. The traditional metal braces was the only type of brace that was widely available to patients 30 plus years ago. Whilst this type of brace is still used today, it’s been significantly upgraded to be more comfortable, more discreet and more efficient.
Don’t get us wrong, we love a fixed brace. Here at Corner House Dental we offer the fast working Six Month Smiles system, a fixed brace that has an average treatment time of (you guessed it) 6 months! Whilst it’s not suited to dealing with complex orthodontic cases, it gives patients the option to improve the appearance of their front teeth, which are those most visible when you smile. As a result, the treatment time is significantly reduced compared to when the whole 2 arches of teeth are moved into a new position, which can take up to 18 months with brace systems like Invisalign.
How Invisalign changed the adult orthodontics market, forever
Even if you’ve not yet fully researched the possibility of having your teeth straightened, there’s a high probability that you’ll have heard of Invisalign. Turning up in everything from Billie Eilish’s most popular songs, to the red carpet, Invisalign has cemented its reputation as a leading alternative to the traditional brace.
For those who are new to the concept of Invisalign, it’s a custom-made collection of transparent aligners that progressively move your teeth into a pre-planned position. A marriage of careful planning and the most sophisticated technology, the Invisalign system produces highly predictable results – patients can actually see what their teeth are expected to look like before they commence with treatment.
The benefits of straightening your teeth as an adult
No one has to know
As we’ve emphasised earlier in the blog, the 21st century has brought us braces that can be inconspicuous. We speak to many patients whose primary concern is how their teeth might look when they undergo treatment, and they’re always thrilled to know that there are options that can be discreet.
Your oral health will benefit
When teeth overlap or there are abnormal gaps present, this can pose a challenge when it comes to brushing and flossing to remove trapped food particles. Straight teeth equate to teeth that are easier to care for, lowering your risk of developing discolouration between each tooth and decay as a result of food particles outstaying their welcoming in your mouth!
Prevent certain medical problems
Crowded teeth has been proved to lead to gum inflammation and infection. When these problems become severe, heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis can follow. Sleep apnoea can also be a complication of having misaligned teeth and this can actually stop your breathing without you realising during the night. You may also find you speak with a lisp if you have teeth that aren’t structurally sound and whilst this isn’t a medical problem, it can be something you begin to feel self-conscious about in public, particularly if you’ve got a clinet-facing job.
Improve your confidence levels
If you’ve had crooked or misaligned teeth since childhood, we understand just how much this can take its toll on your confidence. Even small imperfections with your teeth can stop you smiling throughout your younger years, and this lack of confidence can affect other things like posture and speech. By improving your smile, you’re simultaneously giving
Better discipline levels in adulthood
We know just how hard it can be to motivate kids to be regimental with their orthodontic treatment. As an adult, it’s likely that your volition to have treatment will be greater than that of a child, which can make the whole experience more pleasant. Treatment like Invisalign requires patients to wear their aligners for the allotted 22 hours each day and failing to do this day in day out can compromise the success of your treatment. Here at Corner House Dental we find that adult patients are inspired to stick to this, and feel inspired throughout the treatment months, making it a seamless experience.
Would you like to book an Invisalign or Six Month Smiles consultation appointment in Norwich? Choose Corner House Dental for a streamlined treatment journey, a wealth of experience in orthodontics, and a personable approach to caring for your teeth. Contact our friendly team today to book your appointment – we are currently accepting both existing and new patients. We look forward to welcoming you.