Am I too old or too young to have orthodontics?
Braces are often associated with teenagers, but it’s never too late to straighten your smile. If you’re concerned about how braces will look, we have discreet options including Invisalign treatment, Six Month Smiles and lingual braces. Discreet teeth straightening has become popular with adults looking for a straight smile, but who don’t want traditional fixed metal braces.
Most of the time, orthodontists will not straighten children’s teeth until their back bite is fully formed or until they have lost their baby teeth, which typically occurs between the ages of 10 and 13. They also need to have adequate bone strength to ensure successful and lasting teeth straightening treatment.
If you’re interested in braces or teeth straightening for children, the best thing to do is book a free consultation at one of our Total Orthodontics practices. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss all your options with one of our orthodontists.
How much does teeth straightening cost?
The cost of teeth straightening treatment will depend on your individual needs, and your dentist will help decide on the best approach for straightening your teeth. To get an accurate quote for straighter teeth with Total Orthodontics, you’ll need to attend a teeth straightening consultation with an orthodontist. They’ll assess your mouth and recommend a suitable treatment for you.
Looking for NHS braces? Total Orthodontics provides NHS teeth straightening for qualifiable under 18s who have been referred by their dentist.
How long do braces take to straighten teeth?
Depending on how severe your misalignment is and the type of brace you choose, teeth straightening treatment times can vary quite significantly. Most teeth straightening treatments take between 12-18 months to achieve the desired results, but minor misalignments and some cosmetic treatments can be rectified within a year.
Your orthodontist will know how to straighten teeth to achieve the result you want, and will be able to give you an accurate timeline during your consultation.
Reasons why you may be refused teeth straightening treatment
Most people are suitable for teeth straightening treatment, but the type of treatment you can have will depend on your individual needs. You’ll need to attend a consultation with an orthodontist before you start straightening your teeth so they can make sure your teeth and gums are healthy enough for braces.
Occasionally, there are other problems that may need correcting before you can have your teeth straightened, such as bone loss.
The type of treatment you can have depends on your individual needs. For example, if you have severe orthodontic problems, you may need fixed braces rather than removable ones. Your orthodontist will explain everything when you see them for your free consultation.