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FAQs about adult orthodontics

news4Is there an age limit for orthodontic treatment?

You’ll be pleased to hear that there’s no upper age limit for braces and we’ve treated patients in their 40s and 50s. Your teeth will need to be healthy and suitable for treatment, but age isn’t a factor.

How discreet are ‘invisible’ braces?

‘Invisible braces’ is a term used to describe a range of more inconspicuous braces. These include clear fixed braces, clear aligners and lingual braces – which are fitted behind your teeth. While none of these options are actually invisible (as nice as that would be) they are very discreet.

Lingual braces are completely hidden behind your teeth, so they’re virtually undetectable. Clear aligners such as Invisalign blend in with your teeth and are also likely to go unnoticed by the vast majority. Clear fixed braces are more visible, but still unobtrusive compared to their metal counterparts.

What are the benefits of adult braces?

Most people associate braces with straight teeth, but the benefits don’t end there. Crooked teeth can be more difficult to brush, so by straightening them it makes it easier for you to reach all the surfaces of your teeth and give them a thorough clean.

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How long does adult orthodontic treatment take?

Treatment times tend to vary – sometimes dramatically – between patients depending on what needs to be achieved. Mild problems can sometimes take just a few months to treat, while more complex problems can take closer to two years. Usually, on average, comprehensive orthodontic treatment takes between 12 and 18 months. However, many adults are only looking to make cosmetic improvements to their front teeth, which can be achieved within a shorter timeframe – closer to six months.

Your orthodontist will be able to give you a more accurate idea of how long your treatment should take when you come in for a free consultation.

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