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Braces for adults - treatment choices

  • Platinum Elite providers of Invisalign
  • Experienced orthodontists in London
  • Hundreds of smiles realigned
  • Straighter teeth within 3 months
  • Adult braces from £1,250

It’s not just teenagers, who can benefit from orthodontic appliances like Invisalign. Adults with crooked or protruding teeth and other alignment problems have the option to straighten their teeth whenever they want.

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Quick guide to adult braces

Depending on the type of orthodontic system you choose, adult braces can take from three months to eighteen months. Mild and moderate bite problems can be treated with 3-6 months, with more severe problems taken between 12 and 18 months.

Age is a minor factor in treatment times for adult braces. The type of orthodontic system, is in fact, the largest influence on the time it takes to straighten teeth.

Wear time is also dictated by how severe your bite or malocclusion is. For example, Invisalign can straighten mild issues in as little as three months, whereas more complex bite problems like overbites might take longer.

It’s never too late to get braces. Straightening crooked teeth and bite problems only have positive effects on your oral health, and can help you feel more confident with your smile. No matter your age, braces are there to help you gain straighter teeth and access all the benefits these provide.

We’ve treated patients as old as 54 with Invisalign – there’s no age limit to improving your smile.

Just because you’re older, does not mean you experience more pain when realigning your teeth. With any straightening system, patients can expect slight discomfort and soreness in their teeth when undergoing treatment, especially when having your braces tightened, or swapping your aligners for your next set. This is a sign that your teeth are gradually moving as planned.

Adult braces are not available via the NHS. Orthodontic treatment is only available for young people under the age of 18 at no cost. NHS orthodontic treatment for adults is approved on a case-by-case basis for health reasons, but it’s not typically offered for aesthetic purposes.

As adults have bones that have already developed, it’s easier for teeth to shift back into their initial positions, so wearing a retainer for longer periods is essential for ensuring teeth remain in their newly aligned position. Adults will typically have to wear their retainer for 12 months, each night. Though orthodontists recommend you wear some form of retainer every night, indefinitely.

Misaligned teeth are not purely a cosmetic problem. Crooked teeth are often problematic in the fact that they can increase your risk of developing gum disease, a condition, which if ignored can lead to tooth loss.

After working on hundred adult teeth cases, we’ve found that choices like Invisalign are usually the better option, as many adults want to avoid the stigma often associated with metal braces. Ceramic braces are also another popular choice as they are a white ceramic that’s made to blend with your teeth, making them less noticeable. Invisalign does have a better advantage in the fact that it’s removable for up to 2 hours a day.

Adult brace treatment options

The below treatment options are successful in treating crooked, misaligned and overcrowded teeth as well as overbites, underbites, crossbites and open bites. All treatments are also perfect for gapped teeth – although Invisalign will not be able to close gaps larger than 0.4mm.

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  • Removable up to 2 hours
  • 3-12 months
  • Mild to severe cases
metal braces
  • Fixed (coloured options)
  • 12-18 months
  • Mild to severe cases
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  • From £1,250 (one arch)
  • Fixed but tooth-coloured
  • 18-36 months
  • Mild to severe cases
self-ligating braces

Self-ligating £1,625 per arch

  • Fixed with brackets
  • 12-24 months
  •  Mild to severe cases

Adult straightening cases are managed by Dr Shankar Bala, Dr Gutierres and Dr Patel.

Paying for adult braces

Cost in some cases, is a big factor in preventing adults from straightening their teeth. But if you’re truly unhappy with your smile, you don’t have to pay thousands of pounds upfront to get your teeth straightened.

Dental finance, a trusted monthly instalment scheme, helps patients break up their final treatment costs over manageable monthly payments. For example, for Invisalign Go to treat mild problems, you can pay £179.19 per month, interest-free, with no additional cost of credit to straighten both the upper and lower jaws. You can halve the price if you only wish to straighten one arch.

*Monthly cost on both upper and lower arches. Dental finance is available for 12 months interest-free.

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