The services of an orthodontist are not restricted to children and teenagers. Whilst having orthodontic treatment is now a standard part of growing up, an increasing number of adults are also enjoying the benefits of straighter teeth. As well as improving a smile’s appearance, such treatment can have positive effects on both oral and general health.
A popular misconception surrounding treatment from an orthodontist is that only metal braces are available. These are still used as routine in NHS orthodontics, but private patients can benefit from a number of more discreet solutions.
At Liverpool Smile Studio, cosmetic orthodontist Dr Jeanine McGinty offers adults treatment with both subtle fixed braces and clear, removable aligners. Each appliance is suited to a particular set of clinical circumstances, and Dr McGinty will find the best solution to suit your needs.
Even using a so-called “cosmetic” appliance will bring benefits to your oral hygiene. By reducing the number of gaps and spaces where plaque can gather, you make your teeth easier to clean. Of course, braces alone won’t do this – you need to practise a prudent brushing and flossing routine. But anything that makes this easier to do can only be a good thing.
If you find it hard to maintain your dental hygiene, you should visit a hygienist or hygiene therapist, who can help you to devise a bespoke and effective routine. They can also help you to learn how to clean around your braces efficiently, which is important to ensure that there are no particles of food or bacteria lodged beneath the brace wires.
Improving oral hygiene reduces your risk of both dental decay and gum disease, both of which can lead to tooth loss, as well as causing unpleasant symptoms such as bad breath or bleeding gums.
Gum disease has been linked in several studies to a wide range of general health concerns, from heart and lung disease to low birth weight in babies whose mother suffered from a serious form of the condition. By straightening your teeth and making your dental hygiene easier, your orthodontist can reduce your risk of these serious health problems.