Looking to straighten your smile?
It’s a common myth that only teenagers wear braces, but orthodontics can be suitable for anybody who’s looking to improve the appearance or function of their smile, particularly if crooked teeth are the issue. According to the British Orthodontic Society, there are more adults having their teeth straightened now than ever before1.
There are many options to consider when you’re thinking of having braces fitted, including the type of braces which are most suitable for you and how they look. You need to understand which type of treatment will give you the results you want and which will be the most suitable for your teeth.
Bupa Dental Care offers a range of orthodontic treatments, from traditional NHS orthodontics to Invisalign and cosmetic teeth straightening. Contact your local practice which offers orthodontics to book a consultation.
Read on to understand more about orthodontics and browse the different types of braces you can have fitted.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics, also known as teeth straightening, helps to align crooked or crowded teeth to improve their function and appearance. This involves fitting braces onto the teeth to gradually straighten them into the desired position. Teeth straightening is carried out by an orthodontist, who specialises in straightening teeth. All our orthodontists at Bupa Dental Care have undergone dedicated orthodontic training, so you can rest assured you and your smile are in safe hands.
Why should I have orthodontic treatment?
If you have a common orthodontic problem which requires you to have braces, it’s important to have treatment to ensure your issues don’t get worse over time. Braces will also prevent poor oral hygiene and problems such as bruxism and jaw clenching in some circumstances.
Another of the main benefits of orthodontics is the improved appearance of your smile. If you’re unhappy with the way your teeth look, orthodontic treatment can boost your self-confidence and help you smile confidently again.
Types of orthodontics
There are two main types of braces- fixed and removable. Fixed braces can be metal or clear, and sit on the front of the teeth; attached with brackets and wires. Removable braces are clear aligners which resemble retainers, which you can take in and out.