Why It’s The Right Time To Get Braces
It seems that just about everyone today wears braces for teeth straightening. From Instagram bloggers, to your co-workers, Katie Holmes on her Ray Donovan show, even your neighbour’s granny probably is looking into braces now! At our orthodontic clinic in Dublin, we are getting more enquiries than ever from people who are now deciding to straighten their teeth.
Over the last 10 years, Google searches for braces in Ireland increased over 300% in popularity (source: Google Trends). And to be honest, there is no time like the present to begin a journey towards a new smile. As technology advances across the globe, so has the technology and science behind dental braces:
Invisalign Clear Braces
The days of limited orthodontic options (head gear or train tracks only) are now behind us. Now, Invisalign clear braces are taking the world by storm with over 5 million cases across the globe. While these Invisalign is popular for its virtually invisible appearance, it also packs a powerful punch. Now it can treat mild, moderate and severe cases.
Invisalign (one of the most popular clear brace providers in the US & Ireland) started in 1997 and they “..are the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, constantly imagining and developing new technologies to help people move forward with their lives” (Invisalign.ie).
They even have the world’s largest 3D printing technology (as all their aligners are 3D printed). Plus, Invisalign providers now use a 3D scanner to start every patient’s treatment and to show their expected finish smile.
See more about Invisalign’s technologies:
Braces For All Ages
People always ask us: “is my child too young for a braces?” and “am I too old to have my teeth straightened?” Nearly every time, the answer to both is no! As more research and more advanced braces are available on the market, the larger age range for orthodontic treatment.
The Orthodontic Association of Ireland recommends parents bring their child to their first orthodontic assessment at age 7 (orthodontics.ie). There are certain types of bite issues that can only be addressed as children (before or during their growth-spurt and while the jaw/bones are still growing). We even have children as young as 8 in treatment at our clinic. Older children and teens are also treatable, as these are the most common age-groups to have braces.
Adults can be seen at any age; whether it’s for the first time, or if they had braces previously and their teeth have now started to move. About 50% of our patients are adults and we commonly treat patients in their 60’s as well. No matter what age, we recommend to visit an Orthodontist for a quick consultation to receive their expert opinion.
With all the providers of dental braces available today, it’s now easier than ever to select a brace specialist, aka an Orthodontist. Orthodontists first obtain a 5 year degree in Dentistry and then achieve a speciality in Orthodontics after another 3 year course. With their previous education, training and engagement with the growing technologies behind straightening teeth, Orthodontists are now capable of delivering the most effective and smoothest treatments possible.
Our Orthodontist, Dr. Máirlín O’Donnell has over 20 years of experience and specialises in the Invisalign. She attends conferences and lectures worldwide to expand her skills and had her cases highlighted at these events.
It’s always a good time to start your braces journey, but now, the technology behind orthodontics is flourishing. Seize this moment in time and join us for a complimentary consultation today!