Top 5 reasons why adults need braces

Posted on Feb 17, 2021 in News

Braces were once thought of as a treatment for older children and teenagers – best to have while their jaws are still developing before the teeth settle in adulthood, right? Well, not necessarily. Modern orthodontics recognises that, in fact, the teeth can continue to move at any age, and adults with misaligned teeth may very well benefit from braces too. Esteemed dentist Dr Moira Wong explains:

Much like children, adults whose teeth were previous straight can find them moving out of position, becoming misaligned or overcrowded. Others may have missed out on braces when they were young or have suffered injuries or health conditions like gum disease that have caused their teeth to shift position. Luckily, it’s never too late to have orthodontic treatment to get that perfect smile. Here are our top 5 reasons to get braces as an adult:

1. Adult orthodontics help many dental problems

Almost half of the UK’s adult population have crowded teeth, while others have gaps between teeth, or teeth that stick out. Many have problems with their bite, which may be too open or too deep, or they have crossbite, where the lower teeth rest in front of the top ones. Accidents and gum disease can contribute to these dental issues, and braces can provide a solution.

2. Braces can be invisible

Metal braces are not always regarded as a visually appealing option and are hard to hide, which puts many adults off. However, modern plastic braces, such as Invisalign and Incognito are almost unnoticeable. If these “invisible” braces are suitable for you, your orthodontist is likely to recommend them.

3. Improved dental function and oral hygiene

Straight, well-aligned teeth don’t just look pretty; they are also functional! A crossbite and misaligned teeth increase the chances of trapped food and plaque, which, in turn, raises the risk of gum disease. Conversely, straight teeth reduce the risk of tooth decay, wearing away of tooth enamel and jaw discomfort as well as improving chewing function.

4. You may only need a brace for as little as six months

The length of orthodontic treatment depends on each individual; however, with modern brace technology, it can take as little as six months to re-align the teeth of some adults. For others it may take longer, but once you have the perfect smile, it will be on your face for the rest of your life.

5. It’s never too late…

At any age, a great smile with straight teeth can boost your confidence and self-esteem, which can benefit your social life and profession life. It’s never too late to get that perfect smile, so if you are interested in re-aligning your teeth, contact your dentist or a specialist today!

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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.