It may be hard to believe but very few people in the UK have naturally well aligned teeth and jaws. Nearly everyone has some kind of issue that results in wonky teeth. It may not be so severe as to cause problems with chewing and swallowing. But these days, even having just one or 2 teeth that are mildly out of alignment is glaringly obvious.
Now more than ever, it’s important to take advantage of orthodontics in Harley Street, from practices such as Harley Street Dental Clinic.
Friend or foe?
There are 2 reasons for this. Firstly, people are hardwired to notice how each other’s teeth look. Evolution made the smile into a vitally important non-verbal tool. Its presence means a friend. Its lack means a potential foe.
Secondly, people subconsciously make judgements about each other’s health based on the state of their teeth.
All these decisions go on at a deep level, perhaps never even being acknowledged internally, let alone out loud. But such decisions can have dramatic knock-on effects. People can get turned down for jobs. They can miss out on social invitations. They may not get offered a seat on the bus, all based on whether or not they smile and what that smile looks like.
Starting earlier and earlier
New orthodontics in Harley Street mean that it’s possible to diagnose children’s orthodontic issues much earlier than in the past. Dentists can use scans and digital x-rays to see how the adult teeth are lining up in the jawbone behind the baby teeth. They can then plan for how to bring the teeth down into alignment rather than waiting for them to come through and then rearranging them.
Children as young as 5 years old can come along for an orthodontic consultation. Treatment with braces to rearrange teeth and jaws can begin as young as 9 years old.
Braces treatment can take up to 3 years to complete, depending on the severity of the alignment issues. Children who start treatment at age 9 can have it all done by age 12 and the onset of puberty and excruciating self-consciousness.