Straighter teeth are one of the most commonly-heard requests by cosmetic dentists. Crooked, crowded, protruding or otherwise misaligned teeth can make people too self-conscious to smile in public. But what many people don’t realise is that improper tooth alignment can also have serious consequences for your oral and general health.
Orthodontics is seen as standard for children and teenagers in the UK these days, and modern metal braces can be customised with coloured elastic so that young people can personalise their appliance and use it to make a fashion statement. Indeed, metal braces are seen as a rite of passage for many college students.
However, even for children and teens, the NHS criteria for orthodontic treatment is very stringent, meaning that many young people who would benefit from mild correction do not qualify for free treatment. This can be particularly challenging because the teenage years are a notoriously self-conscious time, where both boys and girls can experience issues related to body confidence.
Adults do not qualify for orthodontic treatment on the NHS. At Capital Dental in Twickenham we believe that teeth straightening can be beneficial to patients of all ages. That’s why we offer a number of discreet tooth straightening options, including cosmetic braces, tooth-coloured braces, and clear, removable aligners.
It’s wrong to think that the benefits of orthodontic treatment are only cosmetic. Of course, a beautifully aligned smile can significantly boost body image and confidence, but there are other health reasons to consider straightening your teeth.
When you think about it, it’s not difficult to see why better-aligned teeth are easier to keep clean. Misaligned teeth often have gaps where plaque can accumulate, increasing your risk of both gum disease and tooth decay. With gum disease being linked to all manner of general health conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease, orthodontics can benefit your overall health.
Better protect your teeth
Protruding teeth are at greater risk of accidental damage, resulting in pain and potentially expensive restorative dentistry. Issues with how the jaws meet can lead to excessive wear and tear on some teeth, and difficulties in biting or chewing food properly.