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Braces for adults

With the latest advances in orthodontics, more people are considering adult braces. Many adults across all age groups, from 18 – 81, have successfully straightened their teeth. Undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces has a significant impact on improving overall appearance and self-confidence.

Adults who had braces during childhood may find over the years that their teeth move from their aligned position despite wearing retainers. This is because the face, jaw and teeth move through every decade of life and minor relapse should be expected over the years.

Orthodontic braces for adults are also ideal for those who didn’t wear braces in childhood. There are more issues that the orthodontist has to consider with adult braces such as the presence of fillings, root canals, crowns, dental implants, bone loss, gum recession, tooth wear and jaw joint problems as well as general medical health.

Types of adult braces

When most adults choose braces, they consider how wearing the braces will affect them at work when speaking in meetings or in social situations. Fortunately, new orthodontic options like Invisalign are available, which are almost invisible. Most people won’t know you are wearing braces to straighten your teeth.

The different types of adult braces include:


Invisalign gradually moves the teeth into an aligned position with virtually invisible clear aligners.

Ceramic fixed braces

Fixed braces that have tooth coloured ceramic brackets to reduce the visuak impact of the fixed braces.

Iconix fixed braces

Fixed metal braces with a gold coating that helps to lessen the harsh appearance of a fixed metal brace.

Lingual fixed braces

Custom made fixed braces that are bonded to the inner surfaces of the teeth which makes the brace completely invisible.

What are the benefits of adult braces?

Braces give straighter teeth and a beautiful smile, but the benefits are beyond aesthetics. If you have crooked teeth, brushing properly will be difficult and also crowded teeth have uneven toothwear and gum recesssion.

Who can wear adult braces?

Braces treatment is effective at any age. Studies have found that about 75% of adults wear braces, with two-thirds being between the ages of 26 – 40.

Although some adults wear braces for medical reasons, most are for aesthetic purposes. Adults who want to wear braces must maintain good oral hygiene and have healthy teeth and gums.

If your teeth have extensive root canals, crowns or dental implants then your orthodontist will need to assess whether ou are suitable for orthodontics. If braces are not deemed to be the best treatment choice for you then your options may include veneers or crowns to mask the crowding of your front teeth and improve your overall teeth appearance.

How long does adult orthodontic treatment take?

The braces treatment duration will vary depending on the patient and their needs. Mild orthodontic issues may take only a few months, while complex cases take 2-3 years. However, many adults may request cosmetic improvements to only the front teeth, which may be achievable within 6-12 months.   

Your orthodontist can inform you how long your treatment will take during your consultation.

Call 0203 002 2501 to schedule a consultation today with an orthodontist at Kingston Orthodontics.


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