In the UK, children are lucky enough to qualify for braces on the NHS. This means that serious misalignments of the jaw are fixed for free in childhood. This does only apply to issues that affect health, however. If the issue is more moderate or a cosmetic one, it’s unlikely the work will go ahead.
So, it’s not unusual for UK adults to feel that the time for teeth straightening has passed them by. While complex jaw alignments can’t be done after the age of 18, as the bone has set by the time we reach maturity, our teeth do still move around in the jaw and can be fixed. Visiting the orthodontist in Liverpool isn’t just for kids. Dental practices in the area, such as Liverpool Smile Studio, are fitting more and more adult patients with braces.
The Winds of Change
The technology and digital revolution that has affected every aspect of life in the past 30 years has also swept through the dental profession. Improvements in materials, techniques and production processes mean that adults don’t have to suffer the indignity of a mouth full of metal to get their teeth straightened.
Because, let’s face it, even if it is possible to have braces as an adult, who would want to? Well, things have moved on considerably since the 1980s when ‘brace face’ was a common taunt. These days, even close friends and colleagues may be unaware that their bosom pal is wearing braces.
Types of Braces
One type of brace that is popular with adult patients of the orthodontist in Liverpool is Invisalign. These clear, removable aligners are designed using the latest technology and are 3D printed to ensure maximum accuracy and fit. Each patient is issued with a set of aligners that are uniquely designed for their teeth. The aligners push the teeth into alignment over 12-18 months. They are transparent and as they are removable, they are very easy to maintain.
Other modern braces include tooth-coloured brackets and wires that blend into the teeth and take an average of six months to work, and lingual braces that are fitted to the back of the teeth and so are invisible.