Six things you need to know about orthodontics

Six things you need to know about orthodontics

1. It’s always best to see a specialist

Some dentists provide orthodontics but it is always best to see a qualified specialist orthodontist. In the UK specialist orthodontists have undergone at least three additional years of training after qualifying as dentists. A list of specialist orthodontists is available on the General Dental Council.

2. Braces aren’t just for children

The past few years have seen a rapid growth in the number of adults having orthodontic treatment in the UK. Luckily it’s never too late to have orthodontic treatment and there’s now a whole host of ‘invisible’ braces available for patients to choose from.

3. You won’t look like Ugly Betty

Braces have come a long way since the days of Ugly Betty style train tracks. The latest braces are more discreet, not to mention comfortable. Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic and can be removed for eating and social events whilst the Incognito brace fits behind your teeth, making it practically invisible.

4. Your smile won’t just be straighter

There are huge benefits to be gained from having orthodontic treatment. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean, they function better and they look great too.

5. You’ll need to wear retainers

These will help to hold your teeth in their new position whilst new bone forms around the teeth. There are two types of retainers: fixed retainers and removable retainers. Fixed retainers are thin wires permanently glued to the back surfaces of the front teeth. Removable retainers are made of thin clear plastic and are worn at night and taken out during the day.

6. You don’t need a referral

You do not need to be referred by your dentist for an orthodontic assessment. You can contact your nearest specialist orthodontic practice directly to book a consultation.

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