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Braces and aligners: orthodontic options for patients of all ages

August 08, 2016

If you think that braces are just for kids, you’re wrong. Farnham clinic Elmsleigh House offers a range of orthodontic treatments for patients of all ages, provided by our Specialist in Orthodontics, Kostas Spathoulas.

Orthodontics can be hugely beneficial to patients of all ages. It can improve dental and general health by reducing the chances of gum disease, dental decay, and damage to protruding front teeth, and can even help in some cases of bruxism (night-time tooth grinding/clenching).

For children, braces can be used to treat the effects of thumb sucking, mouth breathing, reverse swallow, and incorrect lip and tongue function in those aged six and over. By using low-friction Damon braces to align all of the teeth, this also helps to ensure there is adequate space for all of the adult teeth to emerge without the danger of teeth becoming impacted.

Children’s orthodontic options in Farnham

At Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic in Farnham, our Specialist in Orthodontics Kostas Spathoulas can treat all levels of orthodontic concern in children and teenagers – including those who do not qualify for NHS orthodontic treatment but would still benefit from correction, and those who do qualify but face long waiting lists. The earlier the intervention, the easier treatment is likely to be.

After a thorough clinical examination, and a conversation about your concerns regarding your child’s teeth, Kostas may prescribe braces, such as the popular Damon system. Treatment time will depend on the type and amount of correction.

For self-conscious teenagers, a discreet alternative such as lingual braces or Invisalign clear aligners may be preferred.

Farnham braces and aligners for adults

There are a number of more discreet orthodontic solutions for adults at our Farnham clinic. After a thorough consultation using 3D imaging, Kostas will discuss all appropriate treatments.

These may be lingual braces, which are attached to the rear of your teeth, or clear and tooth-coloured ceramic braces, which work in as little as six months.

Removable aligners such as Invisalign and the Inman Aligner are near invisible to the untrained eye, and require no special dental hygiene techniques. Your treatment time will depend on how much correction is needed.

Click here to download our free guide to customised orthodontics!

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