Are you thinking about straightening your teeth later in life? Whilst orthodontic treatment is now seen as a rite of passage for the UK’s children and teenagers, an increasing number of adults are also consulting a dentist or orthodontist to improve their tooth alignment. This is an excellent decision, because the benefits of tooth straightening at any age are so much more than just aesthetic.
If you’d like to straighten your teeth but are turned off by the thought of metal braces, there is further good news. A fixed metal appliance is no longer the only option for tooth straightening treatment – in many cases, you might not even have to wear a fixed brace at all.
Ace Dental in Camden offers adult tooth straightening with both discreet, tooth-coloured braces and clear, removable aligners. Each appliance is best suited to a specific set of clinical circumstances, so a dentist or orthodontist will help you to find the best one to suit your needs.
As well as improving how your smile looks and enhancing facial aesthetics, straightening your teeth is also beneficial to your dental hygiene. It is easier to keep your teeth clean when they are in proper alignment, so as long as you visit your dentist and hygienist regularly and brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day, orthodontic treatment can cut your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
Numerous studies have shown links between gum disease and a range of general health conditions, including heard and lung disease, strokes, diabetes, and premature birth/low birth-weight in babies whose mothers suffered from a severe form of the condition.
Both tooth decay and gum disease also lead to tooth loss if left untreated, which can make it very difficult to eat a healthy and balanced diet, and can suck the enjoyment out of life if you have difficulties with speaking or have dentures that are prone to slipping in public.
When you have issues with your bite – the way that your jaws meet together – your diet can also be negatively affected, and this can be corrected by orthodontic treatment.