Adults having braces is becoming increasingly common. Mums and Dads are seeing the massive benefits of having a nice, straight teeth and are going through orthodontic treatment with their teenagers.
But with so many options available to patients to improve their smile and straighten their teeth, it can be daunting to know where to start.
Here we interview Dr Shrikesh Kotecha of Smile Essential Dental Practice in Leicester to try and shed some light on the subject:
Why do you think more adults are having brace treatment?
“During the last five years a number of cosmetic brace systems have become available specifically designed for adults who have lived with crooked or overlapping teeth or even spaces/gaps between their teeth which can now be corrected in as little as four months without the stigma sometimes associated with metal or ‘train-track’ braces.”
What options are available to straighten people’s teeth?
“A number of options are available including cosmetic braces and clear aligners along with more traditional braces and treatments such as crowns and veneers.”
Which is better veneers or braces?
“I always believe that any treatment that is more conservative is always the better option for a patient. Treatments such as veneers can be carried out in certain clinical situations for example, to help to mask a discoloured (or is it discolored) tooth. As a profession there has been an emphasis on minimally invasive dentistry and I feel that providing brace treatments goes hand in hand with that ethos.”
Is it expensive?
“No, with advances in technology with things such as Six Month Smiles braces treatments are affordable for everybody. We also offer a number of 0% interest free flexible payment options too.”
Is there a health benefit to having straighter teeth?
“Yes, there is a significant health benefit to having straighter teeth- they are easier to clean and look after from a patient’s perspective, there is a lower risk of dental disease such as tooth decay and gum disease.”
How long does the treatment take?
“Cosmetic brace treatments with Six Month Smiles usually take between 4 to 9 months with an average treatment time of 6 months. To put that into context, if you had a Six Month Smile brace fitted today by the time of your next dental check up your treatment would probably be complete with nice straight teeth!”
Interested in improving your smile? Then you might find one of the following options useful:
Book an appointment with Dr Shrikesh Kotecha by calling Smile Essential on 0116 2891317 or contact us by email.