Adults often believe that if they have crooked teeth there is nothing that they can do about it. Some people suffer with crooked teeth for years, feeling embarrassed every time they smile. It is a common misconception that braces are only for children and teenagers. If you are an adult and unhappy with your smile, then orthodontics in Harley Street could give you a reason to smile again.

There are a range of different treatments available and your dental practitioner will ensure that you get the most suitable treatment for your circumstances. It is imperative that you book a consultation appointment if you want to start your journey to getting straighter teeth, as you will need a dental professional to fully assess the condition of your teeth to know what the problem is.

Do you need braces?

Some people simply have crooked teeth or gaps in their teeth and want to have braces to straighten them. This is generally a straightforward treatment, but occasionally people will need to have a different treatment first before they have their teeth straightened. If you have an overcrowded mouth your teeth will not have had room to grow properly and they are likely to overlap or be at unusual angles. Before you have an appliance fitted to straighten your teeth you may need a tooth removed to ensure that your teeth have enough room to move into their straight, even positions.

It is common for people to have a misaligned jaw, and this is another thing that can be corrected through the wearing of a specially designed appliance. This brace works by moving your upper and lower jaw into their correct positions and must be done prior to any straightening treatment. It is important to correct an over or underbite as the positioning of the teeth in these situations means that it is more likely for your front teeth to become damaged or chipped in an accident.

Different types of braces available

These days there are multiple types of braces available, so it is important that you have a consultation appointment with your dental practitioner to discuss which option is the right one for you. Some braces are easily visible to other people and work by having brackets attached to the surface of your teeth. Wires connect these brackets and when they are tightened your teeth gradually move into their new positions. If you wish to hide your appliance from others, then having braces attached to the inside surface of your teeth is possible too. These work in the same way as the previously mentioned appliance, but will not be noticed by anybody else.

If you like the idea of having clear, removable braces then using Invisalign aligners to straighten your smile could be a good idea. This type of treatment leaves you entirely in control of your appliance, with your dental practitioner expecting you to change your sets of aligners every two weeks from the comfort of your own home. You have to wear the aligners for at least twenty-two hours per day, but they are easily removed for eating and brushing your teeth.