News 04/05/2023

Can I get braces even though I am an adult?

Did you miss out on braces when you were a teenager? Did you have braces but didn’t wear your retainer, so your teeth have moved?

Are you considering teeth straightening? If so, you are not alone, adult braces are one of the fastest growing dental treatments in the UK.

There are however plenty of myths around teeth straightening and Invisalign. In this month’s blog we look to give you some of the facts instead!

1. Am I too old for teeth straightening or Invisalign

There is no age limit on having a smile you can be proud of. The process of moving

teeth through teeth straightening is the same whether you are 16 or 50. Teeth straightening can be used to improve problems caused by of crowded teeth, crooked teeth, spacing or gaps, a relapse after past teeth straightening treatment, overbites, buck teeth and deep bites.

Teeth straightening treatment will take years

2. Teeth straightening treatment will take years

Teeth straightening treatment is constantly adapting and evolving meaning it is now possible to improve the appearance of teeth faster and with lower levels of discomfort. For minor cases it is possible to see results in as little as a few months, with most treatment being completed within 6-12 months.

3. Teeth straightening is purely cosmetic and not worth the investment

Yes, teeth straightening will help to improve your appearance, increasing your confidence and self-esteem. There are however a number of other ways that teeth straightening can help to improve the health of your teeth and gums;

  • straight teeth are easier to keep clean; this means you will reduce your risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and in the long-term tooth loss
  • straight teeth will help to spread the biting pressure across your teeth, reducing the risk of wear and damage and helping to improve TMJ symptoms
  • straight teeth can help you to speak more clearly
Adult teeth straightening treatment is inconvenient

4. Adult teeth straightening treatment is inconvenient

When using the latest teeth straightening treatments, you will have less appointments and these will be of shorter duration, ensuring that you spend the least possible time away from work and leisure. Wherever possible the team at Benfleet Dental Centre will arrange appointments to fit your schedule, further reducing any disruption.

5. Teeth straightening is very expensive

Teeth straightening is one of the most expensive treatments we offer at Benfleet. However, we are making it our mission to ensure that monetary concerns should not prevent you from achieving the smile of your dreams. That is why we are pleased to be able to offer 0% finance, allowing you to spread the cost of your teeth straightening into manageable monthly amounts.

Are you considering teeth straightening or Invisalign? Due to the current Covid-19 situation we are unable to see any routine dental patients. However if you would like further information or have any questions do not hesitate to contact Benfleet Dental Centre on 01702 557766 and we will endeavour to help you in any way we can.

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Benfleet Dental Centre

8 Benfleet Road, Benfleet. SS7 1QB

Opening times

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00*
*By appointment only