Orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry related to dental and jaw development and the prevention and management of irregularities that may occur in this.
Orthodontic treatment will straighten the teeth and improve the bite. It improves the appearance of the teeth and smile, giving patients a smile they can be proud of and often boosting their confidence.
At what age can orthodontic treatment be undertaken?
It is best for children to have an assessment to check for any deviations of normal development and consider any orthodontic preventive or management options possible during the development stages. Brace treatment during childhood is very common.
However, there is no age limit to when orthodontic treatment can be undertaken. The benefits orthodontic treatment offers can help patients of any age. Adults undertaking orthodontic treatment to improve their smile and bite either did not have orthodontic treatment in the past or had it but noticed their teeth have moved since.
If you look out for adults wearing braces or talk to your friends and colleagues about them, you will be surprised at how many adults have worn them or are wearing them and you had not even noticed! Nowadays, braces as an adult are well accepted. A major advantage is all the more aesthetic orthodontic options available.
More information about the aesthetic orthodontic options is available on the Braces page on the menu on the left.
Considerations to have with orthodontic treatment
It is important to maintain a high standard of oral hygiene and a careful diet (avoiding hard and sticky foods if considering fixed braces). Detailed advice on how best to clean your teeth, gums and braces and what foods to avoid can be discussed at your consultation appointment and will be given following placement of the braces.