Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening or moving teeth, to improve the appearance of the teeth and how they work. Orthodontics (braces) work by gently pushing teeth into the correct alignment.
Teeth’s straightening is usually done during the teenage years, when the teeth are going through a period of growth. However, many adults also have treatment to straighten their crooked teeth or to approve their appearance. The teeth straightening procedure can take much longer in adults and is therefore more expensive.
Can Orthodontics Damage My Teeth?
Your teeth can be damaged if they are not properly looked after treatment. Braces will not themselves cause damage, but poor cleaning and too many sugary drinks and snacks can be a source of permanent damage to your teeth. Brackets, wires and braces can trap food and cause more plaque than teeth without them so the teeth and brace need to be cleaned very thoroughly.
Is Orthodontic Work Permanent?
Even after retention, it is normal for minor tooth movements to happen throughout life, so no permanent guarantee can be given. However, it is unusual for teeth to alter enough to need further treatment.
Are There Any Alternatives to Orthodontics?
Cosmetic contouring is a good way to improve the appearance of teeth. As a rule it is ideal if you have slightly crowded teeth. In general it takes about one hour and is less expensive than other forms of cosmetic treatment. However, it is not recommended for young children.
How Much Does Orthodontic Treatment Cost?
Generally you can have orthodontic treatment under the National Health Service or as a private patient. National Health treatment is at no cost for children up to the age of 18 and students up to the age of 19 based as long as there is a clinical need. Another people allowed to free treatment are patients on a low budget, pregnant women and nursing mothers. Everybody else has to pay the NHS fees. There is no charge, however, for treatment in hospital departments.
You will undoubtedly be entitled to treatment under the NHS if your condition is serious. Insignificant problems that are usually classed as cosmetic would therefore be charged privately.
If you make a decision to have treatment privately, the orthodontist will be able to estimate the cost of your treatment and give you detailed information.