In the past Orthodontics has been portrayed in films and television as a predominantly teenage rite of passage, something many of us go through whilst at school, when image and who we are is questioned the most perhaps. Teenagers still make up a large proportion of our patient intake, partly because it can be easier to move the teeth into a different position whilst we are still growing.
Spending the majority of my time on reception I overhear many conversations about treatment and how people are feeling about it. I would say that most are concerned about how much it will hurt and what their friends will think. Having a brace is absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about, it’s going to give you a smile that you can be proud of and so the time you wear it is worthwhile. So worthwhile in fact that now more adults are getting in on the action, we have many parents enquiring about treatment for themselves.
It’s worth noting that Orthodontic treatment in adults has increased an incredible 40% in the last decade. It must of course be attributed to the rise in social media, we are bombarded with images of a perfect smile on a daily basis and this leads us to compare ourselves to others more than ever. Like me, many of our adult patients come to see us as maybe they have a tooth that has irritated them since they were young or they aren’t happy with their bite. We also have patients who are due to get married and see treatment as part of the preparations for the big day.
When I told friends and family that I was going to have further treatment, the overwhelming reaction was “…but there’s nothing wrong with your teeth”. As much as I was delighted that the response wasn’t, “…Good, I have always thought your teeth are awful”, I knew that I wasn’t 100% happy with them and felt like something else could be done! Once I had the brace fitted, most of my nearest and dearest didn’t even notice it straight away. I had my wire changed to the next strength last week to tweak the teeth further into position. Whilst it is true that there seemed little to change, I can already see a vast improvement in how they look and some of our more eagle-eyed patients have noticed how my treatment has progressed over the months.
We offer a free consultation with our Treatment Coordinators which will let you know what treatments we offer and approximate costs. If you are interested please take a look at our website for information on this and other services we offer. Or by all means call the practice and speak to me, I am happy to answer any questions you have!
Rachel, Assistant Practice Manager