As an adult, you may believe that the time for straightening your teeth has passed. If you have crooked, crowded, gapped or spaced out teeth, you probably think that it’s just something you are going to have to live with for the rest of your life.
Well, we are here to tell you that this isn’t necessarily the case. At Northlight Dental, we fit many adult patients with braces in Milton Keynes, with great results.
Let’s take a deeper look at how this works.
Not just for kids
It is true that complex misalignments of the teeth and jaw are usually fixed during childhood, especially in the UK, as children receive this treatment free on the NHS. As you will no doubt remember from school, braces start appearing around the age of nine, and are usually worn for two years sometime between then and the mid-teens. This is because the jawbone doesn’t set solid until we reach adulthood, so it can be realigned up until the age of 18.
After 18, we can’t move the jaw. But, what we can do is shift the teeth within the jaw. This is where adult braces in Milton Keynes come in.
We aren’t going to lie to you, treatment with braces in Milton Keynes can take a while, even for adults. Some procedures take up to two years. But when you consider that, for a year or two of wearing braces, you can have a lifetime of happy smiles, it’s so worth it. And unlike other tooth modifications, braces don’t affect the structure of your tooth.
All well and good, you may say, but what about how the braces look? No grown up wants to be teased with taunts of ‘brace face’. The good news is, that we offer discreet braces in Milton Keynes, meaning no one will know you are having treatment.
This includes lingual braces that fit to the back of the teeth, Invisalign clear aligners that fit over the teeth like a mouth guard and are transparent, and clear and tooth-coloured fixed braces that blend into the teeth, rather than stand out from them.