Have you ever wished you had straighter teeth? Are you self-conscious about your smile? Or do you experience discomfort when eating? If so, you might like to explore how adult orthodontics can help you.
Orthodontics is a specialist field of dentistry that aims to straighten malpositioned teeth and/or jaws and achieve harmony in your mouth. Ensuring that your front and back teeth are properly aligned not only improves the cosmetic appearance of your smile, but offers other benefits, too. Correcting your bite (the way your upper and lower teeth meet) can make eating more comfortable and help prevent damage to your teeth and gums. Adult orthodontics can also improve existing problems such as teeth grinding and problems with your temporomandibular joint (the joint between your upper and lower jaw).
Orthodontic treatment can:
- Straighten crooked teeth
- Reduce protruding (sticking out) front teeth
- Reduce dental crowding (lack of space)
- Close gaps between teeth
- Ensure your upper and lower teeth meet correctly when you bite
- Allow impacted teeth to come through properly
- Correct the drifting of teeth in older people with gum disease
- Prepare your mouth to achieve better results with cosmetic treatments such as veneers
- Enhance your appearance and confidence
Orthodontic treatment for adults
Teeth can be moved into their correct position at any age, although orthodontic treatment for adults may take slightly longer than for children.
Fixed braces are the most widely used orthodontic appliance as they can precisely guide your teeth into the correct position as quickly as possible. We offer a comprehensive choice of fixed braces, from stainless steel to ceramic appliances whose colour blends with your teeth to make them less noticeable. We can also fit discrete lingual brackets which are attached to the back of your teeth so they are totally invisible.
If your teeth only need minor realignment, we can achieve this using invisible, removable aligners from Invisalign®. These transparent aligners consist of a clear, flexible plastic guard that fits closely over your teeth to correct mild crowding or gaps. You will have a series of aligners individually cast to move your teeth into position via a series of small steps. While invisible aligners are worn full-time during the day and at night, you take them out for meals and special occasions.
Once your treatment with fixed or removable appliances is complete, you usually need to wear a retainer for a certain period of time, for example at night. A retainer helps to maintain your new, correct teeth alignment and achieve a long term stable result.
Adult orthodontics at The Dental Chambers Kensington, London
If you’re looking for an orthodontist in London, our orthodontist, Dr Marie Heintz can help. Maire trained at the Faculty of Dental Surgery in Strasbourg, France, and is bilingual in French and English, She provides tailored orthodontics for adults using the latest techniques, and has helped many patients achieve their “dream smile”.
She will assess your needs and help you choose the best orthodontic treatment to address your individual problems. There is no obligation or pressure to proceed. After all, it’s only when you have a full understanding of all the orthodontic options available to you, and how much these are likely to cost, that you can decide whether or not to go ahead with treatment.
To find out how The Dental Chambers Kensington can meet your adult orthodontic requirements, please telephone 020 7244 4200 for a confidential chat.