In times gone, there were limited solutions available to individuals who needed to straighten their teeth and many adults were not even considering their options, rather needing to live with crooked teeth if they were not dealt with at a younger age when braces were socially more acceptable.
These days, this could not be further from the truth. Not only are there more and more adults seeking corrective advice in regards to the alignment of their teeth, but the devices that are now available for individuals to choose from are extremely vast.
From removable devices, such as Invisalign Maidstone, to a variety of fixed devices that can meet the precise needs of a patient and ensure that they get the results that they are looking for in a way that is convenient and suitable to their lifestyles, the options really do seem endless.
So straightening teeth really is more convenient than ever before. Individuals can enjoy a faster treatment time, a more affordable solution and even more effective results, regardless of the age that they approach their dentist, all because of the advances in technology and research surrounding oral health care and the alignment of teeth.
What is the difference between straightening adult and children’s teeth?
The main complication that adults face when straightening their teeth later in life is that their bones have set so it will take slightly longer for them to move their teeth into the right position. It is also more likely that the teeth will shift back into their original alignment, or at least shift out of correct alignment again more readily if a retainer is not used frequently.
A retainer is a removable tray, or in some instances it can be fixed, depending on the wishes of the individual, that is designed to hold the teeth in place after the alignment treatment is done.
Everybody will need to wear a retainer for some time after their teeth straightening journey, however, it is expected that adults should wear their retainers for a longer period of time, if not forever. The retainer does not need to be worn all the time, rather at night every couple of days.
It isn’t a huge commitment, but it does teach the ligaments that are holding the position of teeth to relax into this certain position and not snap back into the original placement they have become accustomed to for so long.
Do different devices offer different results?
This is possible, but a dentist will not offer a particular treatment to their patient if it will not provide the results that they are looking for. All options that are presented by a dentist when the discussion surrounding teeth straightening has been opened up will be presented to a patient with the advantages and disadvantages for that particular case.
This way, the patient is as informed as possible and can make a decision based on the facts that they know about their own unique circumstances. A dentist will likely recommend the most effective solution, whilst keeping in mind important factors such as time frames and cost.