Catching yourself in the mirror and focusing on misaligned teeth can really eat away at your self-esteem. Combine that with a fear of the dentist’s office and your smile can easily get neglected…
In fact, a new survey by teeth straightening experts at Align Technology found that one in five adults feel they get judged on their crooked teeth. Men are more affected by this, with 23% anxious about people scrutinising their teeth, compared to 17% of women.
But don’t despair. If you didn’t get a mouthful of metal braces as a teenager, you haven’t missed your chance! No matter your age, it’s not too late to get overcrowded, wonky teeth straightened out. Here’s what you need to know:
What treatments are available?
Invisalign works by repositioning the teeth a little at a time using custom-made clear acrylic aligners that are changed every two weeks, or you can opt for fixed cosmetic braces that are very discreet compared with metal braces. The possibilities don’t stop there, so check out the treatments we carry out to see which option is right for you!
Does it matter how old I am?
Nope, you are never too old to get your teeth straightened. Each person has their own individual needs and as long as your oral health is good, then you should be free to pursue it as you wish. I’ve had people well into their sixties getting their teeth straightened! One issue that older people may need to be aware of is that your bone may be less able to hold the teeth in their new position than younger people. Following treatment, permanent retention is very important to help prevent the teeth from moving back.
How long does treatment take?
Length of the procedure depends on how severe the problem is, and which course of treatment you decide to go for. It may take anything from just six weeks to over two years.
Can I still eat what I want?
Invisalign put their brand’s popularity down to the fact that “aligners can be removed during treatment for short periods of time to allow you to eat whatever you want, kiss without impediment, play a wind instrument and maintain your normal good oral hygiene routine, so that your treatment can be maintained without impacting on your life,” and claim their method is “virtually undetectable” so no one will even know you’re undergoing treatment.
With other methods such as traditional train track braces, this isn’t quite the case, so be sure to discuss with your dentist what your dietary limitations are for your particular treatment.
Is it worth it?
If you’re currently nervous about your smile and shy away from photographs or social situations because you’re unhappy with your teeth, then absolutely. When it comes to our patients, we have boosted both confidence and mental wellbeing. For many, having nice straight teeth is priceless.
If you decide that you aren’t too old to get your teeth straightened after all, then call us on 020 8088 2079 and we can discuss your options.