The Top 5 Reasons Why Adults Need Braces

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 in Info & FAQs
The Top 5 Reasons Why Adults Need Braces

In the past braces were largely viewed as a treatment focused on older children and teenagers whose jaws were still developing. Modern orthodontics recognises that teeth can continue to move at any age. Adults who previously had straight teeth can find their teeth becoming misaligned or overcrowded. Other adults missed out on orthodontic treatment as children (or did not complete the treatment) or need braces because of accidents or other health conditions such as gum disease. The good news is, it’s never too late to have a wonderful straight set of teeth and a perfect smile. Here are our top 5 reasons for adults to wear braces:

1 – Adult Orthodontics Helps Many Dental Issues

Nearly 45% of UK adults have crowded teeth, others have gaps or teeth that stick out. Other adults have problems with their bite, which may be too open, too deep or have crossbite where the upper teeth close behind the lower ones. Accidents and gum disease can also be the reasons behind the need for braces.

2 – Invisible Braces

Metal braces are not a choice many adults are willing to consider. The latest plastic braces from brands such as Invisalign and Incognito are virtually invisible. Many people will not even notice you are wearing braces! Invisible braces are suitable for many types of adult orthodontic treatment and your orthodontist will recommend them if they are right for you.

3 – Improved Dental Function and Oral Hygiene

Straight teeth improve bite and chewing functionality. If you have a crossbite or misaligned teeth then this increases the chances of plaque and food build up which in turn increases the risks of periodontal (gum) disease. Straight, well-aligned teeth reduce the chances of tooth decay, irregular wear of tooth enamel and TMD (jaw discomfort).

4 – Treatment Can Be as Short as Six months

While treatment times will depend on individual requirements, and your orthodontist will provide specific advice, modern brace technology means that for some adults requiring re-alignment of their teeth treatment can be as quick as six months. The smile on your face will be for the rest of your life!

5 – It’s never too late to have a great smile

Whatever your age a great smile with straight teeth boosts your confidence and enhances your self-esteem. And that perfect smile and added confidence can benefit your professional and social life too.

If you have dental concerns, please make an appointment with us.
Dr. Moira Wong – Orthodontist

An exceptionally skilled orthodontist who simply loves to improve the smiles of adults and children.

Dr Moira Wong (GDC no: 67960, UK) developed an ambition to specialise in the field of orthodontics during her time as a dentistry student at the London Hospital Medical College. After graduating in 1994, she gained experience in all fields of dentistry prior to specialisation. This included working as part of the Pennstar trauma team at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr Wong’s career pathway began with a spell as a house officer in prosthetic dentistry at the Royal London Hospital, followed by senior house officer positions at the Bristol Dental Hospital. During this period she gained her fellowship in dental surgery and worked in the paediatric dentistry department, treating special needs children and addressing complicated developmental problems. She also worked with adults requiring the replacement of multiple teeth.

Returning to London to take up a position as a senior house officer in oral surgery, Dr Wong gained experience in dental and facial surgery. One of her busiest nights was helping with the suturing of patients following a national rail crash.

Dr Wong was then accepted onto the specialty training programme at Guy’s Hospital, where she spent a further three years gaining her master’s degree. She continued onto a consultant training programme at King’s College and St George’s Hospital, gaining her Fellowship in orthodontics. Currently less than 300 UK practitioners have this level of training, with just 5 to 10 people gaining the accreditation in an average year.

Today, Dr Wong has acquired an excellent reputation for her highly sophisticated work and approachable, communicative manner. Her ambition is to be recognised as nothing less than the best orthodontist in London.