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    W1G 6AT, United Kingdom

Welcome to Adult Braces London

Braces for adults – It’s never too late

At Adult Braces London our orthodontist is able to give you the smile that you have always wanted. More and more adults are looking for orthodontic solutions to straighten crooked and uneven teeth but are self conscious about wearing orthodontic train-track braces.

We see a lot of adults at our orthodontic clinic in London. In fact, one in every five patients undergoing orthodontic treatment nationwide is over the age of 21. The truth of the matter is, adults tend to be more compliant and can really fully appreciate the benefits of having a beautiful smile. You’re never too old for a healthy grin and the confidence that comes with it. To keep pace with the aesthetic demands requested by adult patients we offer a range of braces treatments to straighten teeth.

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Invisalign Treatment at Adult Braces London

Reasons to Choose Us for Adults Braces:

  • Almost 3,500 dental cases have been done successfully
  • More than 570 patients are performing teeth straightening at present
  • Quality dental care treatment from our experts
  • Enjoy the option of ‘Pay As You Go’ on our treatments
  • Our experienced team understands and speaks different languages
  • Fix the appointment as per your convenience

Types of adult braces are available:

Reasons are more adults getting braces:

As braces have become less bulky and visible in recent years, more and more adults are wearing them, for a variety of reasons. Some adults want to correct problems with their teeth or jaws before they cause serious or further damage. Others want to feel better about their appearance by addressing longstanding cosmetic concerns. Keep in mind that even "cosmetic" problems can cause real damage over time. Teeth and jaws that are not aligned properly can lead to premature wear and tear, advanced tooth decay and gum disease, dentures or other reconstructive solutions and even more extensive surgery to correct serious problems.

New techniques and the advent of clear, less noticeable braces means that adults are increasingly turning to braces to correct:

Crowded teeth:

With nearly 45% of people in the UK having a degree of crowding, this is the most common reason for adults to embark on treatment. In some cases, extractions are necessary to create space to align the teeth.

Gappy teeth:

Gaps can occur for many reasons such as larger than average jaws or having smaller than average teeth. In some cases, adult teeth don’t come through and this leaves spaces in the mouth.

Sticking out teeth:

Another common problem in the UK is having a lower jaw which is positioned too far back, making the upper teeth appear to stick out. Upper teeth can also lean forward.

Open bite:

Upper and lower teeth not meeting at the front

Very often the appearance is less of a concern while difficulty in biting food, such as apples, is more of an issue. Surprisingly, an open bite is a complex problem to treat and may require jaw surgery.

Deep bite:

Upper teeth closing too far over the lower teeth

When your upper teeth close too far over the lower teeth, damage can occur. The lower teeth biting into the back of the upper teeth may lead to wear and potentially damage to the gums. Some people with a deep bite also have front teeth which lean inwards.

Crossbite:

Upper teeth closing behind lower teeth

Not only can a crossbite create an asymmetrical smile, it can make eating more challenging because there is no natural bite. The teeth can meet awkwardly, causing damage or wear to the tips of the teeth. In severe cases braces and jaw surgery (orthognathic treatment) may be required.

Reasons Adults are Seeking Orthodontic Treatments:

  1. Improving Self-Confidence - Teeth are not only important for eating. They are also a major factor in appearance. Having a beautiful smile can boost a person’s self-esteem and help them to feel confident. An unattractive smile, however, can have the complete opposite effect on people. Uneven teeth may make people feel unattractive and self-conscious. As an adult, this may also affect how people are looked at by as potential employers. A straight, healthy smile may provide a more professional look and increase the chances of being taken more seriously.
  2. Improving Dental Health - As people age, the chance of dental health problems may increase. Loss of bone structure and issues with the structure of the jaw, such as TMJ may cause difficulty with chewing and biting. Sometimes braces can help with alignment to improve these issues.
  3. Changes to Orthodontics - Over the years there have been many changes and improvements to braces. There are now a lot of choices when it comes to braces. There are now clear braces available so it is hard to tell when someone is even wearing them at all. Sometimes it is even possible for them to be placed on the back of the teeth instead of the front.
  4. Affordability - Braces can be costly, but with the variety of choices available now, many adults, whose families may not have been able to afford them when they were younger, have options. Many orthodontists also accept a variety of health insurances plans and offer financing options for costs not covered by insurance.

Cost of Adult Braces at Our Clinic:

Treatments Cost
Invisalign £1600 to £4250
Ceramic Braces from £3000-£4600
Lingual Braces from £3500 to £7000
Braces for Children from £2700-£3200
Six Month Braces from £2500

Frequently asked questions:

Yes, adults can have orthodontic treatment to straighten their teeth.

Adults can have orthodontic treatment to correct the same dental problems that children have, such as crowding, an overbite or gaps between the teeth. Treatment is likely to involve wearing a brace for a few months to two-and-a-half years, depending on what needs to be done. Your dentist will go through your options with you.

Of course not! A good percentage of our patients are over the age of 21. Not only can braces align your bite and boost your confidence, straightening your teeth can greatly improve your oral health. Adults tend to be the best candidates for esthetic choices like ceramic braces and Invisalign so treatment can be discreet.

The biggest advantage of getting braces as an adult is that you are helping the long term health of your teeth. Straighter teeth are easier cleaned and maintained and will lead to less problems as you get older. Crooked teeth are more likely to build up plaque over time and this can lead to gum problems and even loss of teeth. This can lead to more expensive cosmetic dental procedures in the future such as veneers and cosmetic dentures.

For teenagers, orthodontics treatments are a way of preventing future dental problems. This is also the case for many adults who seek orthodontics treatments as a way of fixing teething problems they have had from childhood. It can also be a way of fixing teeth that have become crooked during your late teens or early 20s as wisdom teeth grow and change the position of some teeth. For many adults though, braces are a way of straightening teeth to help give you a better smile and increase your confidence. A healthy smile is a happy smile.

  • Technically not. The types of braces available today can be worn by anyone. However, there are some age-related concerns about orthodontic treatment itself for adults. Adult patients often have conditions younger patients don’t suffer from, such as insufficient bone between the roots for adequate blood supply, mild gingivitis, and marginal bone loss. The bones are also harder and no longer growing, like those of children and teens. This can cause the teeth to take longer to adjust to their new positions.
  • Sometimes, in an adult patient with a deep overbite, there may not be enough room in the mouth to create space for the teeth to move back without extracting one or more teeth. Also, by adulthood, a patient might also have worn down one or more teeth, which can worsen an overbite.
  • Then there may be an issue with previous tooth extractions. Many adults have had one or more teeth removed in the past. This can present a problem because old extraction sites may not be suitable locations for teeth to move into, unless those sites are restored by adding sections of prosthetic bone to the area. Closing gaps between the teeth caused by extractions – and keeping them closed – is also difficult, because adult bone doesn’t respond to pressure in the same way as growing bone. However, orthodontic treatment is still a viable option even with these conditions. So optimum tooth alignment – and the beautiful smile that comes with it – is achievable for adults.

Adult braces tend to work by using a low, gentle force to move specific teeth into the right position. This gentle approach means that you shouldn’t experience too much pain. You may feel some slight discomfort immediately after I fit your brace or change an aligner but this can generally be controlled using over-the-counter pain medication.

I always recommend that you wear a retainer after any orthodontic treatment, as this will help keep your teeth in their new position (after all, they have probably been out of alignment for many years). I will explain more about how and when you need to wear your retainer when you come into the practice.

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Joseph

I am an extremely nervous and anxious dental patient. I do not deal with dental treatment at all well. However, with the kindness, care, I have recently been able to get through some quite intrusive procedures with relative ease. I am also delighted with the outcome of the work which was a combination of necessary, restorative work and also some cosmetic treatment.

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