Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Brace Yourself ; Regret Never Getting Those Wonky Gnashers Fixed as a Child? It's Never Too Late to Smarten Up That Smile - ELLA WALKER Chews over the Current Options

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Brace Yourself ; Regret Never Getting Those Wonky Gnashers Fixed as a Child? It's Never Too Late to Smarten Up That Smile - ELLA WALKER Chews over the Current Options

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OUR smiles play a big role in first impressions, not to mention the fact that being able to laugh and grin freely is part and parcel of being happy, so it's little wonder that being plagued by self- consciousness due to crooked teeth can have a major dent on confidence levels.

A recent survey commissioned by teeth straightening experts Align Technology found that one in five (20%) of adults feel they get judged on the basis of how higgledypiggledy their gnashers are.

It seems men are more affected, with 23% admitting they feel anxious about people judging their teeth, Karen Coates of the British Dental Health Foundation compared to 17% of women.

However, it's a myth that if you didn't get a mouthful of metal braces aged 13, you've missed your chance altogether - whatever your age, it's not too late to get wonky teeth straightened out by an orthodontist.

So, if you do want to neaten up your smile, this is what you need to know.

What treatments are available? INVISALIGN works by repositioning teeth little by little, using a series of custom-made clear plastic 'aligners' that are changed every two weeks. Digital scanning technology and 3D software is used to plot the way the teeth should move over a period of weeks - so you can see how your teeth should look at the end of the treatment.

Alternatively, you can go classic with traditional metal train tracks which are tightened over time to pull teeth gradually into place.

Does it matter how old I am? KAREN Coates, from the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF), says: "You are never too old to get your teeth straightened. There has been a huge surge in people wanting cosmetic orthodontics in recent years from people of many ages and for many reasons.

"We believe there is certainly no case of age being an issue. Each person has their own individual needs and we feel that as long as their general oral health is good, then they should be free to pursue it as they wish. I personally have heard of people well into their sixties getting their teeth straightened. …

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