The primary purposes of orthodontic treatment are to improve the bite and appearance of your teeth. The benefits of having well-aligned teeth are that they are easier to clean and a more efficient chewing capability.
Six month smiles orthodontic treatment is aimed at improving your smile and generally does not involve changing your bite unless there are minor changes required.
How common is adult orthodontic treatment?
The vast majority of orthodontics is carried out on children, however, more adults are choosing to have orthodontic treatment either because they missed out when they were children or because the teeth were not correctly retained and the teeth have moved back to their original positions (relapsed).
Orthodontic treatment carried out at Carfax Dental Practice includes both removable and fixed retention. We believe that it is best to reduce the risk of relapse as much as possible.
Are adult braces available on the NHS?
Orthodontic treatment is available free on the NHS for children who need it. There is a national assessment score to determine need and this is designed to remove subjectivity and a postcode lottery. Your dentist or orthodontist will be able to advise on this.
Adult orthodontic availability is restricted to cases with complex needs only.
At Carfax Dental Practice we only offer orthodontic treatment on a private basis. The costs range from £2,300 for one jaw to £3,000 for both upper and lower jaws.
What is the best age to have braces?
The ideal age to have orthodontic treatment is around 12 or 13 while the jaws are still growing.
Adult orthodontics is becoming far more common and we have successfully provided braces for patients up to 65 years of age.
Who can fit my braces?
The General Dental Council stipulates that orthodontic treatment can only be carried out by a registered dentist. The most common route is by visiting a specialist Orthodontist.
Orthodontics at Carfax Dental Practice is provided by Vatsal S. Amin. Vatsal is a dentist with a special interest in short-term adult orthodontics and has been providing six month smiles treatment for the past 5 years. He is not a specialist orthodontist.
Vatsal’s view is that children should be treated ideally and adults realistically. That is to say children are best treated by a specialist orthodontist and adults can opt for a quicker solution.
What are adult braces like?
There are many different types of braces. Some are fixed and some are removable. There are different materials used, from metal brackets to ceramic ones, which are far less visible.
Six month smiles are fixed braces involving the use of clear brackets and white wires to make them as discreet as possible.
How successful are braces?
Orthodontic treatment works very well but requires your extra co-operation when cleaning. The braces can attract and hold food and plaque debris and it is important that you clean thoroughly around the braces. You also need to restrict the amount of sugary and acidic snack you consume during treatment, although, this is good advice for anyone.
It is also a good idea to see your hygienist more regularly during treatment. Your hygienist will be help you maintain the health of your teeth and gums and also highlight any issues early.