As orthodontists in London, adult orthodontics is a big part of what we do. Over the last 20 years that we’ve been in practice, it has grown in popularity in the UK and in the world over the last 20 years that we’ve been in practice, especially over the last decade. No longer is it considered only for teenagers, as in our image-conscious society, our smiles and teeth are a very important part of our look and how we present ourselves to the outside world.
Some adults are just fed up of having crooked teeth, or teeth with gaps or overcrowding. We have adult patients ranging from university student age all the way to people in their 50s and 60s to have their teeth straightened.
As orthodontists, aesthetics and smile design is a large part of our job, and in fact getting your teeth straightened is in many cases even better for dental health as oral hygiene becomes easier.
The range of treatments we have for adults is wide and varied. See them here:
Orthodontics for Adults is very ‘in’ at the moment as more and more adults decide that they don’t want to live with crooked, gappy or crowded teeth, or any other issues with their teeth that may be affecting their appearance or their ‘bite’ when eating food.
This especially true due to all the more hidden types of braces that are now available due to innovation and improved technological advancements in orthodontics.
Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that is concerned with the study and treatment of malocclusions (improper bites), which may be a result of tooth irregularity, disproportionate jaw relationships, or both. The word comes from the Greek words ortho meaning straight and odons meaning tooth.
Orthodontic treatment can focus on dental displacement only, or can deal with the control and modification of facial growth. In the latter case it is better defined as “dentofacial orthopedics”.
Orthodontic treatment can be carried out for purely aesthetic reasons—improving the general appearance of patients’ teeth and face for cosmetic reasons—but treatment is often prescribed for practical reasons, providing the patient with a functionally improved bite (occlusion).