Should I get braces and which type is best for me?

Posted on Feb 17, 2021 in News

Braces are a really common orthodontic treatment, which is often carried out on children. However, more and more adults are realising the benefits of having a well-aligned jaw, both on their appearance as well as solving pain or discomfort caused by misaligned teeth. Dr Moira Wong, a leading orthodontist, talks about braces, their benefits and the different types available.

What is the best age to get braces?

The best age to see an orthodontist for an initial assessment to understand the growth pattern and issues that will require treatment for the best aesthetic result in an adult is 8 years of age, however, it is possible to have braces effectively in later years.

What type of braces are most effective?

Different braces are effective for different movements and different problems. This is dependent on correct diagnosis and matching the correct appliance to the correct case. Mismatching is when disappointments can occur.

Why should I get braces?

Braces improve the functionality of the bite which has a huge contribution to one’s quality of life. Not enjoying eating or feeling discomfort in the jaws on a daily basis becomes most distressing for some patients. The side effect of a correctly managed bite is a beautiful smile. A healthy bite with good guidance and healthy contacts with the biting pressure spread evenly across all the teeth is a beauty to behold.

How long do you need braces for as an adult?

How long you need the brace will depend on the types of tooth movements required to get you from A to Z. If there is a lot of correction to manage then this will take longer. If there is less to do then this will take a shorter time. Correct diagnosis is key to this stage of treatment. Quick treatments are often offered to inappropriate cases which can result in disappointment at the end of treatment.

How do invisible braces work?

Invisible braces can either be fixed to the inside of the teeth or can be in the form of trays that are clear and fit over all the teeth. The inside braces are not visible from the front and one can enjoy watching the tooth straightening process directly. The Invisalign braces are clear removable aligners that are not completely invisible and small attachments are placed on the outside of the teeth in order to allow the trays to move the teeth. Both of these systems can affect speech.

Make an appointment with a specialist if you are interested in finding out more about braces.

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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.