The majority of patients undergoing orthodontic treatment are children and teenagers. However, in recent years, an increasing number of adults have also been visiting the orthodontist for teeth straightening. Orthodontic treatment in childhood is ideal because at this time teeth are easily moved, but visiting the orthodontist later in life has many benefits and is highly encouraged.
Orthodontics in the UK is the branch of dentistry concerned with the alignment of the teeth. Every year, over 200,000 children and teenagers have treatment within the NHS, while the number of adults seeking private treatment is constantly growing. An orthodontist in Liverpool, such as those at Liverpool Smile Studio, can improve a patient’s teeth and bite and give them a reason to smile again.
Is there a best time to visit the orthodontist?
In general, orthodontic problems should not be ignored as they can cause serious oral problems. Although not all children need orthodontic treatment, all of them need to undergo a thorough examination at an early age. Some signs that a child may be in need of orthodontic treatment include:
- Jaw problems
- Thumb sucking
- Mouth breathing
- Tooth loss
- Visible crowding.
All these issues may be indicative that orthodontic treatment is required. However, only an orthodontist in Liverpool can make a final decision.
What about adults?
When it comes to adults, it is never too late to visit the orthodontist. Some adults may have had orthodontic treatment as children but teeth sometimes tend to change position later in life. Or they may have had great teeth as children and experienced misalignment during adult life for the first time. Adult misalignment requires different treatment and only an orthodontist can devise an appropriate treatment plan.
Advantages of orthodontic treatment
No matter how old a patient is, orthodontic treatment has many benefits, some of which include:
- Alignment of the teeth
- Improved jawbone function
- Correction of the bite of the teeth so that the front teeth meet properly
- Reducing the chances of damaging healthy teeth
- Improved oral hygiene.
In some case, treatment isn’t needed immediately, but the orthodontist will want to keep a close eye on a patient’s teeth and jaws. In this case, they will invite them back at some point in the future.