We have seen hundreds of adults come to us wanting to change the appearance of their teeth and not knowing how or where to start with it. Straightening adult teeth can understandably be quite intimidating; wearing braces as a child was tricky enough but having to enter the boardroom with braces feels even scarier in some ways. So, what can be done to make the process easier? And are there orthodontic systems out there that could make it slightly easier? Let’s take a look.
What Does An Orthodontist Hampshire Do?
Before we get into the nitty gritty, we wanted to take a second to pause and explain exactly what we do at Winchester Orthodontics. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive, happy practice with options for everyone.
Orthodontics is a particular type of dental treatment that focuses on moving teeth. Teeth can be in the wrong shape in different ways in that they could be gapped, overlapped, or crowded. Or they could be misaligned at the jaw; this is what we call overbites or underbites. This is normal and very common but, in most cases, needs correcting not only for aesthetic reasons but also for functionality since poor alignment can go on to cause lots of problems with tension and migraines, as you may be well aware.
Working With Our Orthodontist Hampshire As An Adult
When you come to see our orthodontist Hampshire with thoughts on wanting to start wearing braces we will talk you through your expectations and what you want from not just the outcome but the overall experience. Of course, there are those of us who are less bothered about how they look during the straightening process, which is great and very valid, and, of course, there are those who do care, which is equally valid. Metal braces and Invisalign both come with equal pros and cons, and really it’s about your decision of which avenue is going to work best for you.
How Long Does It Take?
One recurring theme with all the adults we see is that they want to know how long the process is going to take, and that’s very understandable. We lead busy lives and want to get things done as quickly as possible. But with orthodontic work, there are lots of independent variables that will affect how long or short the process is. Lots of people opt for Invisalign, thinking it’s good because they can take their aligners out but then lengthen the process by not wearing their aligners for long enough! So really, it’s a conversation we need to have with the individual.
How Much Will It Cost?
As a general rule, the NHS won’t provide financial support for adult straighteners, so this is something you will need to financially back yourself on. And for this reason, you might want to consider some of the less expensive options or make the most out of financing options. Lots of people make the mistake of just assuming they can’t afford it, which is a mistake; there are lots of things we can look at to support you, so always ask!