When you think of orthodontics and braces, do you have a mental picture of a teenager with a mouth full of metal?
You might be surprised to find out that many – about one in three – of our patients here at Swords Orthodontics are actually adults! Just because you’re old enough to drive a car and vote doesn’t mean that you don’t want a nice smile too.
But we understand that adults want a different sort of approach to their orthodontics, and a different sort of service from an orthodontist. For a start, they want to maintain a professional image, so we offer a number of less-obvious options, including clear, tooth-coloured braces, and near-invisible alternatives such as Invisalign and Incognito.
Why Do Adults Want Braces?
Shouldn’t we have left all of that behind in our teenage years?
Well, not necessarily…there are a variety of reasons that an adult may want to have orthodontic treatment. These are some common reasons we encounter:
- Some orthodontic problems are best dealt with after most of the jaw and face growth is complete, which for many is around 20 years old.
- Some adults never had the opportunity to have braces as children, are still bothered by the appearance of their teeth, and now they want to do something about it.
- Others did have orthodontics but it wasn’t as thorough, or comprehensive, as modern orthodontics allows, and they didn’t get the result they would like.
- Perhaps they did get a good result, but they failed to wear their retainers as needed, and their teeth have shifted to a position that they’re not happy with.
- Some people may develop crowding, spacing, or changes in their bite as they get older.
- Some patients would benefit from restorative dentistry to sort out problems with broken or missing teeth, and orthodontics is likely to make this more successful by moving the teeth to better positions before they are restored, so their dentist has directed them to see us.
How Adults Benefit From Orthodontic Care
Since an adult patient is no longer growing, there are limits to the results that certain treatments can offer for certain problems. Also, since adults may have had a lot of dental disease or dental treatment in the past, certain orthodontic treatments may be impractical for an adult compared to the same approach for the same problems encountered in a 12-year-old.
There’s still a benefit to be had from orthodontics, but you can see it’s important to balance many things when making an orthodontic treatment plan for an adult. That’s why it’s worth coming down for a chat with us to see how orthodontics could help, what would be involved in the treatment, and what sort of result we’d expect to have.
If you’d like to learn more about why orthodontic treatment is a vital part of your total dental healthcare plan, click here.
Orthodontic Options for Adults
So you’ve made up your mind that it’s time to see about improving your smile. It might be that you’re reluctant about having orthodontic treatment because you’re not keen on wearing braces. Don’t worry; adult orthodontics isn’t just a luxury for models and movie stars, but a realistic choice for regular people like teachers, lawyers, managers, and administrative and customer service staff – individuals who often are dealing directly with other people at work and don’t want anything undermining their confidence. In fact, they usually come to us because they want their confidence to be improved by treatment, not the opposite.
Fortunately, at Swords Orthodontics, we stay up to date with orthodontic technology and braces that are more suitable for adults than the ones we regularly use for children and teenagers. Some of the most popular adult braces options we offer are very discreet clear or tooth-coloured braces like Damon Clear (you can see examples on this page) and invisible brace systems like Invisalign and Incognito.
Clear and tooth-coloured braces are fixed to your teeth and use brackets and wires just like traditional braces.
They give great, precise results and don’t interfere with speech. Instead of metal, these braces are made of a ceramic material that is translucent and shaded to blend with the colour of your teeth. While these braces can be seen at close distance, they blend in so well with your teeth that few people will actually notice them.
Dr Murray worked with many different varieties of these aesthetic braces before deciding on his current choice a few years ago – he doesn’t use the older plastic ones – and these braces are very hard to see when placed on the teeth.
If you frequently meet with clients and want an invisible braces option, we can discuss Invisalign or Incognito. The Invisalign system uses clear plastic sleeves that fit over your teeth and gently move them into the right position. One advantage of Invisalign is that it can be removed from the mouth for cleaning and eating and special occasions. You can read more about Invisalign here.
Incognito is the modern answer to the question that patients have been asking for decades: “Can you do the braces on the inside of the teeth?” It involves individually made brackets to fit inside the mouth on the teeth. There are advantages and disadvantages to any type of orthodontic treatment, and these are no different, so that’s why it’s best to discuss your options with a specialist.
Adult Orthodontics At Swords Orthodontics
We know it’s not just about the teeth; there are other things about coming to the orthodontist that make the treatment experience right for an adult, and they’re different from the things we need to do for our younger patients. We understand that many of our older patients had bad experiences with dentists when they were younger, and for some of them, it might be the first time they have visited a dentist in years. We know how to put them at their ease and reassure them. We know about good communication with patients and their own dentist as well as any other specialists involved in their care.
We also see to it that the environment is balanced well for the patient age mix we care for – both clinically and non-clinically. We offer a wide range of appointments, including early mornings and late evenings, and certain appointments are offered on Saturdays too. This means you have a wide range of access to us, with maximum control over your own schedule including minimising the time away from work or family commitments.
You’ll also enjoy a bright and comfortable patient lounge with up-to-date magazines and new papers every day – and you can ask us for a cup of coffee too (Mocha, Latte, Cappuccino, Lungo, the choice is yours).
Ready to see what orthodontics can do for you and your smile? Call Swords Orthodontics today (01 810 7622) to schedule your free initial appointment with Dr Murray and his team.