No One is Too Old for Braces in Milton Keynes

Smiling woman with braces

People tend to associate wearing braces in Milton Keynes with adolescence, and while it is true that the majority of people receiving braces treatment are children or young teenagers, teeth can be moved no matter how old someone is. In fact, teeth can even drift around of their own accord if there are spaces in the mouth for them to slide into.

This is why it is important not to leave gaps in the mouth when teeth have fallen out or have been removed. Lots of people do not bother to replace lost teeth, especially if they are not at the front of the mouth. Unfortunately, this can lead to trouble later on if someone wants to get teeth replaced with dental implants or dentures, and they have had gaps that their remaining teeth have started to wander into, or there have been twisted around because their neighbouring teeth are no longer there to keep them in line. Fortunately braces in Milton Keynes are available for older people who want to replace their teeth, and various dentists, such as Northlight Dental, can fit them.

Teeth can only move so fast

Teeth move when pressure on them is sustained for more than 72 hours. When that happens the bone in front of the direction of pressure is dissolved, and it is built up again behind the tooth away from the direction of pressure. This process can only go so fast, and it is why braces treatment takes at least several weeks even for the mildest of misalignments.

Making sure the teeth move in the right direction is the role of the dentist. It is a good idea to find a dentist who has undergone postgraduate training in the branch of dentistry concerned with tooth and jaw realignment. However, less complex cases are now often treated with devices where the calculations for how to move the teeth and in what order are carried out by the manufacturer. General dentists can undergo training from the manufacturers in the supply, fitting and progress check-ups for each device, of which there are now several on the market.