Age is not a factor in deciding whether you can have your teeth straightened. The health of the teeth and gums and amount of bone around your teeth are important; the health and suitability of your teeth would need to be assessed.

For most people, the main benefit is achieving a beautiful and confident smile. Other potential benefits include allowing easier cleaning and maintenance of your teeth and thus healthier gums - straighter teeth are easier to clean.

Also quite often misaligned teeth lead to increased wear of teeth. Realigning the teeth can help in reducing the tooth wear and allowing the teeth to be repositioned so that the lost tooth structure can be restored. Straightening the teeth can quite often potentially lead to increased self-confidence & self-esteem.

Treatment times can vary depending on the complexity of your case, what one is trying to achieve and the method in which the teeth are straightened.

Minor cosmetic cases can be treated in as little as 6-18 weeks with the Inman Aligner. However, more complicated cases can take up to 2 years.

On average comprehensive cases take between 12 and 18 months.

At certain stages during orthodontic treatment, you can experience some discomfort. This is usually in the first couple of weeks of having the braces placed or for a couple of days after adjustment appointments or after you change to your next aligner. This discomfort can be treated with pain relief, such as paracetamol. We provide orthodontic wax, which protects the gums and the lining of your cheeks and lips, making a barrier between them and the orthodontic appliance.

Modern thinking is that you need to wear a retainer as long as you wish your teeth to remain straight. Not wearing a retainer will likely lead to your teeth returning to the position they were before treatment. Generally, a combination of a fixed retainer placed behind your front teeth with a removable retainer worn at night is recommended wherever feasible to do so.

Yes, you can, but it is recommended that you use a sports guard, particularly with contact sports. There are several reputable companies who provide sports guards which we can advise you on.

This can vary depending on the complexity of your case, what is trying to be achieved and the method used to straighten the teeth. Please see our fee list for more information or come in for a free consult with Adam where he can advise you further.

Playing wind or brass instruments may require some adaptation when wearing braces but normally should be fine with some practice and may need a period of adjustment.

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Adam Carstairs
17 Royal Mews, Southend on Sea
Essex SS1 1DB

Call Us: 01702 352450

Email Us: enquiries@adamthedentist.co.uk

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Tuesday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am to 7:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am to 1:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am to 1:30 pm
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