New Year, New Smile: Orthodontic Care for 2020

New Year, New Smile: Orthodontic Care for 2020

With the festivities long behind us, the focus is now on maintaining our resolutions to become more health conscious or make life changes. So, if you feel self-conscious about your teeth, take this opportunity to learn how you can start 2020 by working towards a new smile.

If your teeth are misaligned, crooked, protruding, or overcrowded, orthodontic care can help you to straighten your teeth and improve your confidence.

In 2020, there are so many orthodontic treatments available, from traditional metal braces, through to a range of discreet options, such as ceramic braces, Invisalign and lingual braces.

Let’s look at just a few of the reasons to invest in orthodontic care this year.

Self-confidence boost

If you feel self-conscious about your smile, avoid showing your teeth in photos and hide your mouth behind your hand as you talk, orthodontic treatment can have a very positive impact on your life, helping you to be proud of your smile.

How you feel about your smile can hugely change your outlook to life and give you more confidence when facing social and work interactions.

Technology has advanced

Considerable technological advances in the last decade or so means that orthodontic treatment is now less invasive and can be much more discreet. Fixed braces are smaller and more comfortable, making life easier during teeth straightening treatment.

Increasing numbers of adults are now choosing orthodontics as they don’t have to worry about braces being so noticeable due to the emergence of the many discreet, and almost invisible options. Ceramic braces may be fixed, but the brackets are made from clear or tooth coloured material, making them difficult to spot. In contrast, Invisalign clear aligners are made from transparent plastic and can be removed, whilst lingual braces are fixed to the back of your teeth, so they are hidden from view.

Change your facial features

If you are affected by an overbite or underbite, this can have a considerable effect on your facial structure. If you are self-conscious about a receding or protruding chin, fixed brace treatments can help to alter the position of your jaws, helping to change your bite and facial features. You’ll be surprised at just how positive a change braces can make.

Improve your oral and overall health

Crooked, misaligned teeth and bite problems are not just aesthetic concerns. As well as making eating and speaking difficult in severe cases, misalignment can also have a negative effect on oral hygiene. Crooked or overcrowded teeth can be harder to clean. As a result, this can lead to plaque build-up and cavities, increasing the risk for periodontal disease.

Poor oral health can affect a lot more than just your mouth, for example:

  • Earache and stomach pains have been known to be related to dental problems
  • Jaw pain can be linked to headaches
  • Periodontal disease can increase the risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease.

By seeking orthodontic treatment and ensuring that your teeth and gums are healthy, you stand to improve your overall health.

To arrange a consultation at Dulwich Orthodontics to discuss which orthodontic treatments would benefit you the most in 2020, please contact our practice in South London today by calling 020 8265 9797.