I’m an adult; is it too late to straighten my teeth?

Absolutely not! Orthodontic treatment is something that many of us had as children to straighten our teeth. The number of adults now having this treatment is ever increasing for many reasons.  Often the results have relapsed in adulthood, particularly if retainers are not worn, or it may be that the treatment to straighten the teeth was not offered or available in childhood. Either way, there are plenty of options with regards to orthodontic treatment  so everyone can benefit, whatever your age!

What options are available to me?

There are numerous options and styles of orthodontic treatment; from nearly invisible clear aligners that gradually move your teeth into the desired position, to fixed clear or tooth coloured brackets. Treatment makes use of cutting edge technology that allows you to visualise the final position of your teeth before you start treatment.

How long will it take?

Duration of treatment can vary depending on the degree of movement required. We have carried out cases that have lasted from anything between 4 weeks to 18 months! On average, you would need to attend every 6-8 weeks for follow up throughout you treatment. 

How do I start?

Your dentist will carry out some initial planning, and this will include carrying out a full dental examination to check the health of your teeth and gums, and taking photographs and measurements of your teeth. They will then be able to provide you with some options of treatment. Once you have selected your [referred method of treatment, your dentist will take mould of your teeth so that your appliances can be made and then fitted.

How do teeth move?

The teeth are moved by applying gently forces that help shift them to the desired position, by softening the jaw bone to facilitate movement. The pressure and position is determined by your dentist. Consistent lighter forced move teeth a lot faster than heavier ones. 

Will it hurt?

You may experience some ‘tightness’ at the start of treatment, or when aligners or wires are changed, but this subsides very quickly. Your dentist will be able to advice you on how to overcome this.

How much will it cost?

This depends on the type of orthodontic treatment undertaken and the expected duration. Orthodontic treatment starts from £2000 and your dentist will be able to give you a more detailed estimation of cost on assessment. The cost of treatment can be spread from 6 months to 5 years.