Setting Up for Straighter Teeth

Woman smiling with beautiful teeth

People may need braces at the orthodontist in Harley Street for all sorts of reasons, from sudden accidents, to problems caused overtime from bad habits such as thumb sucking. Or sometimes people have their parents to blame, as teeth or jaw problems can be inherited.

Whatever the cause, a huge range of problems such as crooked or crowded teeth, overbites or underbites, and incorrect jaw positions can be solved by going to the orthodontist in Harley Street. When people go for a check-up at dentists such as Harley Street Dental Clinic, the dentist can examine the teeth and assess if the patient needs treatment.

When to go

The sooner the teeth are treated, the better. Lots of people undergo treatment throughout childhood. While braces often come under cosmetic dentistry, they also improve oral health and reduce the risk of tooth decay, gum disease and eating problems.

The dentist will usually be the first to spot whether the child needs braces. Any tooth issues become apparent when the adult teeth come in, at about age seven. This doesn’t automatically mean they need treatment right away, but it allows the dentist to keep an eye on their teeth and estimate when they’ll need braces. For some children, braces can be exciting, and set them up for beautiful teeth by the time they are in their teens.

However, this is not to say that adults can’t reap the benefits of braces too. More and more adults are opting for braces to increase the health of their teeth and aesthetics of their smile. Thanks to modern technologies, this doesn’t necessarily mean going through many months feeling self-conscious with a mouthful of metal. Alternatives to traditional braces include Invisalign and clear braces.

Staying on the straight and narrow

Once the patient has received treatment, it’s important to maintain high standards of oral hygiene at home. This involves avoiding sugary food, brushing the teeth after every meal, and flossing with the special tools designed for braces, as it’s easy for food to get stuck in the wires of traditional braces.

They must also attend regular check-ups at the orthodontist on Harley Street, to ensure everything is going smoothly and allow the dentist to make any adjustments.