A beautiful smile with straight teeth can boost your confidence and have benefits beyond just looking great. At Sensational Smiles in Carshalton, Sutton, Dr. Suril Amin and the team of dental professionals provide adult braces and other orthodontics options for patients who are interested in improving the appearance of their smiles. Below, several questions we commonly receive about orthodontics are answered.
Can you still get braces when you’re older?
Yes, you can absolutely straighten your teeth even if you’re not a teenager! We see hundreds of patients a year, some well into their 40s or even older.
What are the issues with getting braces when you are older?
The same issues that can potentially occur when you have braces when you are younger can occur at any age. There are a few additional issues you can have when you get braces at an older age:
- Unless you use Invisalign or a lingual brace, people may be able to tell you are having your teeth straightened
- If you have lost many back teeth, this may make it more difficult to straighten your teeth and you may need additional procedures such as a TAD (Temporary Anchorage Device, which is like a dental implant)
- If you have active gum disease or decay, we normally don’t recommend getting braces
- As a child, if your teeth fit certain criteria, you can be treated on the NHS, which means free treatment; however, as an adult, you’ll have to pay for your new smile
How long will it take to straighten my teeth?
This all depends on how crooked your teeth are. The fastest treatment can take as little as a few months, whereas the more complex cases can take 2-3 years. At our dental clinic in Sutton, our average time is around 6 months.
Will I have to get metal train-tracks?
No, there are many adult braces options nowadays. Invisalign is very popular here at the Sensational Smiles clinic, which is a brace made from clear plastic so it’s very discreet and almost completely invisible.
Other forms of braces can utilize clear ceramic brackets, which also look a lot better than metal brackets. See the picture below for what they look like:
What should I do if I want to straighten my teeth?
Call our friendly team at 020 8629 1433 to book a free consultation and we can discuss all our treatment options with you in a relaxing environment. We’ll have time to answer any questions you may have, including adult braces cost. After we have checked your teeth, you will receive a full written treatment plan to read in your own time. Once you’re happy to start treatment, we will take some impressions and get to work towards your beautiful new smile!