A Look at Your Options for Orthodontic Treatment as an Adult

More and more adults are starting to take up the option of orthodontic treatment for a variety of reasons. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, and it can have a real effect on your confidence. However, there are a number of different treatment options available when it comes to adult orthodontics.

The treatment that’s right for you will depend on the problem or reason for undergoing treatment. Here, we’ve teamed up with Queens Gate Orthodontics, one of the leading orthodontists in London, to take a look at the different options:

Invisalign®

One of our most popular treatments, Invisalign uses a removable brace which is almost invisible, meaning that it can be taken out at time such as mealtimes.

Pros

  • Removable, which makes eating and brushing teeth a lot easier
  • Almost invisible
  • No wires or brackets makes this brace more comfortable than other options

Cons

  • Need to be worn for at least 22 hours a day or else you won’t see the results
  • Have to be removed every time you eat (followed by brushing/flossing)
  • One of the more expensive treatment options

Fixed braces

These braces are a little more similar to the braces you may be familiar with from your childhood or teenage years, and are small brackets held to the teeth using a wire.

Fixed braces

Fixed braces

Pros

  • The fact that they can’t be removed means you know that they’re doing their job
  • No need to constantly remove braces and brush teeth after each meal
  • Very strong and unlikely to break

Cons

  • Can make it a little more difficult to brush teeth/bits of food may get stuck
  • Not as discreet as some other options such as Invisalign

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are similar to fixed braces, but with one big difference. They’re actually worn on the inside of the teeth.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces

Pros

  • The most discreet options available as nothing is visible on the outside of the mouth
  • Suitable for most bite problems
  • Custom made to fit your mouth

Cons

  • Can take a little longer to fit than a conventional brace
  • Can take a bit of getting used to and you may experience a little pain or discomfort at first
  • A little costlier than normal fixed braces

Functional braces

These braces are used specifically to treat ‘Class II’ problems which refers to bite problems where the top teeth are biting in front of the lower teeth.

Functional braces

Functional braces

Pros

  • A more specific solution to overbite problems, where fixed braces will simply straighten.
  • Can be either fixed or removable

Cons

  • Have to be worn for around 9-12 months
  • As they can be removed, this may negatively impact upon your treatment

If you’re still unsure as to which orthodontic treatment is right for you, we urge you to take the time to speak with a specialist orthodontist who will be able to better outline your case and provide guidance as to the best treatment options based on your individual circumstances.