When it comes to the value of a great smile, the statistics speak for themselves, with 60 per cent of Australians indicating they believe a good smile gives you confidence.
It begs the question, if you would like a great smile but haven’t yet seen an orthodontist, what’s stopping you from having straight teeth?
A survey by Orthodontics Australia found 55 per cent of Australians feel self-conscious about their teeth, and of facial features they would change first, 46 per cent said it would be their teeth.
The good news is, teeth are one of the easiest and most affordable facial features to alter and there are a wealth of orthodontic means available to do so. As a result, Orthodontics Australia notes 62 per cent of adults are considering orthodontic work
Meanwhile, straightening teeth and aligning the bite can also improve facial shape in general, so, what if anything, is holding you back?
Is it cost?
If the cost of orthodontics is part of the reason you’re putting off or delaying orthodontic treatment, it’s worth noting orthodontics is often more affordable and manageable than most people think. Meanwhile payment plans from as little as $10 a day can be structured to better suit your budget and lifestyle.
Is it time?
The time that braces or other orthodontic work takes depends on the treatment, but the duration can be as little as 12 to 18 months. During that time, you see an orthodontist approximately every six weeks for regular check-ups.
At Norwest Orthodontics, we know life is busy and time is short, so we work to ensure these appointments are punctual and occur at a time that suits you. We have extended hours including Saturdays by appointment.
Is it your age?
Although many people associate orthodontic treatment with teenagers, this perception is quickly changing. The truth is you’re never too old for braces or to pursue the perfect smile.
Is it embarrassment?
One of the prime reasons orthodontic work is becoming more popular with adults is because treatments are now faster and more discrete than ever before. Innovative options like Invisalign mean you can straighten your teeth easily without the look of traditional braces. These clear aligners can even be removed for special occasions.
Meanwhile, advances in treatment technology and state-of-the-art options like Damon braces can significantly shorten the time spent undergoing treatment.
Is it fear of discomfort?
Braces and other orthodontic treatments work to correct your bite and shift your teeth gently into position over time. That means they are not painful and any discomfort is minimal. In reality, it’s only the first couple of weeks when most people even notice their braces as they get used to the gentle pressure applied and the new sensation in their mouth.
About Norwest Orthodontics
Norwest Orthodontics specialises in helping you achieve a great smile, no matter your age. We feature a range of orthodontic treatments that span from early intervention right through to remedial adult work.
We also have a suite of treatments available that include discrete, removable Invisalign braces, and welcome the opportunity to work with you to achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of.
You can learn more about our services, or contact us to make an appointment.