Orthodontics at Any AgeSeptember 6, 2018 / byHealthier Societies / Categories : Dental
Visiting a dentist for regular check-ups is something patients of all ages must keep up with to ensure they can enjoy a lifetime of good oral health. When it comes to visiting the orthodontist in Glasgow, some patients wrongly assume that the time for this is childhood and the teenage years. It is true that as a child and in the early teens, it is easier to realign the teeth and jaws as the facial bones are still developing, which makes them more malleable. But even after the jaw sets hard, teeth can be realigned with the help of an orthodontist.
Adult braces are increasingly popular in Scotland with many patients choosing to visit their Glasgow orthodontist, such as Park Orthodontics, to explore their options for teeth straightening.
Why choose to see an orthodontist?
Adult braces are widely available at dental practices across the UK, many of which don’t have an orthodontist on hand to administer the treatment. This is because dentists can go on courses offered by various braces companies to become recognised providers of a particular brand of braces, for example Six Month Smiles or Invisalign.
The difference that comes from visiting a Glasgow orthodontist for treatment with adult braces is that not only have they attended these very same courses but they also have years of additional training and expertise focused solely on how to correct misaligned teeth.
Also, visiting an orthodontist doesn’t necessarily equate to higher dental bills as there are no initial set-up costs.
What’s on offer?
There is a huge variety of adult braces available today, both fixed and removable. A Glasgow orthodontist can advise patients on which options are available in their particular case after carefully examining their teeth and taking x-rays. Some treatments, such as Six Month Smiles, focus on the front teeth that are most on display when smiling. Others treatments, such as Invisalign, can only treat mild to moderate misalignments. Lingual braces on the other hand can handle more complex cases.
When presented with several options a Glasgow orthodontist can run through the different benefits and drawbacks, factoring in cost and convenience. Patients can then make an informed decision before committing to teeth straightening.