Your Guide to Adult Braces: Types, Benefits, Costs
With all the advancements in modern orthodontics, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding what type of adult braces you’ll get.
It’s no wonder that more and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment.
Over the years we have found the reasons for getting braces as an adult can differ for many patients. You may have been dissatisfied with your teeth during your younger years but was unable to correct them at the time. In other cases, your orthodontic issues may not have presented themselves until later in life.
At Hampstead Orthodontic Practice, we know how important this decision can be, which is why we have put together this guide to help you understand adult braces, what your options are and what the right treatment might be for you.
What Are the Benefits of Braces?
Many benefits come with getting braces. These include improving your overall oral health, enhancing your appearance and, of course, correcting misaligned teeth.
1. Improved Oral Health
Having straight teeth is vital to having healthy gums and teeth. They are easier to clean, brush, and floss, which can help prevent future periodontal diseases (gum disease) as well as tooth decay, cavities and erosion of your jawbone.
2. Help Chewing & Digestion
Misaligned teeth can make it difficult to bite and chew whilst eating. If your teeth have trouble breaking down your food into smaller, more digestible pieces, they will then pass through your digestive system a lot slower. By correcting this problem, you will be able to more easily and fully digest your food.
3. Boost Self-Esteem
While braces play an important part in oral health, they can also do wonders for boosting your self-confidence. Crooked teeth can cause people to be embarrassed and unhappy with their smiles, which can lead to low self-esteem and social anxiety. By having your teeth corrected, you are more likely to feel less self-conscious when talking, smiling, or showing off your teeth.
4. Improved Speech
If you have misaligned teeth or malocclusion, you may have problems with your speech as a result. These issues can be things such as lisps, inability to close your lips fully and making whistling sounds when saying specific words. By closing the gaps, or correcting your occlusion, you can actually improve your speech.
Different Types of Braces Suitable for Adults
Adult orthodontic devices come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are usually selected based on your personal preference.
Below we have listed the types of adult braces we offer at Hampstead Orthodontic Practice:
- Invisalign: A series of custom-made clear and removable plastic aligners. Perfect for those of you who want treatment which can easily fit around your daily life.
- Damon Clear: An innovative and time-saving method that uses tieless braces with high technology archwires. Ideal for those of you looking for fewer appointments and quicker results.
- Incognito: Placed behind the teeth, these braces are invisible from the outside. Suitable for those of you who want a highly discreet orthodontic treatment with minimal discomfort.
- Symetri Clear Braces: Braces made from a clear sapphire material, along with coloured wires made to fit your individual tooth shade. Perfect for those of you looking for a virtually invisible and resilient type of treatment.
What Is the Average Cost of Braces for Adults in the UK?
The average cost of braces for adults in the UK can vary and usually depends on the type of orthodontic treatment. However, private braces can cost on average, anywhere from £1,075 and upwards.
How Long Do Adults Wear Braces?
Again, this can vary from patient to patient. Although, on average it usually takes adults between 6 months to 2 years to complete their initial active treatment.
This does not include post-treatment where you may need to wear a retainer to help maintain your teeth’s new positioning. This will last for 12 months and in some cases, indefinitely.
If you would like to speak to one of our orthodontists about getting adult braces, book an appointment now by calling us on 020 3733 4187 or visit our contact us page for more options.