Many people mistakenly believe that having your mildly misaligned teeth straightened is purely a matter of cosmetic dentistry because, generally speaking, the correction of mild misalignments is not available on the National Health Service.
Yes, having straight teeth certainly does improve the look of your smile and choosing to have your teeth straightened with braces in Kent therefore does have a strong cosmetic aspect to it.
But along with this beauty aspect comes a strong health aspect that we at Staplehurst Dental Practice are keen that our patients understand.
Straighter teeth for a healthier smile
Put simply, straight teeth last longer than crooked, crowded or protruding teeth. There are a couple of good reasons for this. The first is to do with decay. Decay is caused by 2 things. Firstly, by the acids given off by the bacteria that live on dental plaque. Plaque builds up in hard to clean places such as between the teeth. Secondly, by rotting food caught between the teeth. When your teeth are straight you have less trouble with food being trapped, and it is much easier to remove the plaque between your teeth. So, straighter teeth usually stay healthier for more of your life than wonky teeth.
In the long run, it is much easier and cheaper to maintain the health of your natural teeth than to go down the road of decay, infection, root canal therapy, extraction, and restoration. See how decay and infection lead to expensive remedial treatments and restorations? If you end up having to have dentures, you can expect to have to replace them every 5 to 8 years. Implants usually last a lifetime, but their initial cost is over £1,000 per implant, and that’s barring any preparatory treatment. Even though today’s restorations can give you full functionality, nothing beats having your own teeth.
That’s why at Staplehurst Dental Practice, we encourage you have to braces in Kent. We use great systems that are comfortable, quick and discreet, and offer payment plans to make them easily affordable. When you choose braces in Kent as an adult, you are investing in avoiding expensive remedial treatments in later life.