Getting teeth straightened is now easier than ever before. It used to be something that was only undertaken by older children and teenagers, but people of all ages are now benefiting from improving their smile. Braces Stoke-on-Trent have never been more accessible to everyone, and this kind of treatment delivers many advantages.
People who have misaligned teeth often find that they feel less confident than they would like. They feel self-conscious about their teeth, sometimes to the extent that they cover their mouth when talking or even avoid smiling as much as possible. This can make them much less sociable and find it harder to enjoy career success.
When they have treatment with braces, patients often find that they feel good about their appearance for the first time in their lives. They smile much more often and are keen to engage with others in a variety of contexts. This can lead to a much-improved quality of life and greater success at work and in terms of personal relationships.
Better oral health
Teeth that are crooked or overcrowded can be very difficult to keep clean. It is virtually impossible to reach some areas, even with the most rigorous brushing or flossing. This often causes bits of food to become trapped in the teeth, and plaque lingers there too. The result of this is usually to develop bad breath that cannot be concealed, even using strong mouthwashes and frequent brushing.
When the teeth cannot be kept thoroughly clean, the patient is at high risk for having inflamed gums, which can then progress on to gum disease. Left untreated, this can cause a whole host of issues, including tooth loss.
Getting braces can eliminate these potential issues and enable the patient to keep their teeth thoroughly clean. This means it is much easier for them to be confident of having fresh breath and good oral health.
Better general health
The condition of the teeth and gums has an impact on the whole body. If someone is suffering from untreated gum disease due to misaligned teeth, then they are much more likely to be affected by other health problems too. They are at much greater risk of heart and lung disease, arthritis and conditions that affect the functioning of the brain such as dementia. Getting braces can reduce the likelihood of all these issues occurring, therefore can help to promote lifelong better health.
What are the options?
There are many options available for teeth straightening. For adults who are choosing to get braces later in life, discretion is often an important factor. They do not want to have to explain their treatment to their work colleagues and friends. They simply want the issue of misalignment corrected as subtly as possible.
Invisalign is a popular option. It is a type of brace or aligner that comes in two parts, which slot over the teeth. Aligners are completely clear and therefore invisible to others.
For those patients not suited to Invisalign, lingual braces are also very discreet. They are hidden behind the teeth whilst remaining a highly efficient option for teeth straightening using the traditional bracket and wire system.