Is COVID-19 the Best Time to Get Braces?

For many of us, COVID-19 has turned into a time for self-improvement, both mentally and physically. Whether we’re pledging to increase our steps, become better in the kitchen or even taking more time out for ourselves to relax and step away from our usual hectic schedules, there’s no doubt that the last few months have changed our lifestyles.

Orthodontics are incredible for fixing problems with misaligned teeth, crowded teeth, gappy teeth or other combinations of orthodontic issues. A primary concern for patients looking into orthodontics is aesthetics. There’s no shame in wanting a perfectly straight smile, however, many of our patients often opt for the most discreet orthodontic option or decide to avoid orthodontics altogether in order to prevent others from finding out.

With that being said, the COVID-19 pandemic has ordered almost 46.6% of the UK population to work from home at one time or another this year. With this in mind, the pandemic could potentially be the best time to finally begin your smile transformation. So, if you’ve been on the fence about getting braces, now is the time to bite the bullet and talk to your orthodontist!

Why Is Now the Best Time for Orthodontics?

With a second national lockdown looming over the UK which is rumoured to last longer than the first initial lockdown, we are being advised to ‘stay at home’ and reduce contact with others by not meeting other households. When usually we would be regularly seeing friends and family in the evenings and weekends or constantly on the move, we are now staying at home with fewer opportunities to see our loved ones.

While we are currently only able to leave the house for emergencies, essential shopping or if we physically cannot work from home, having orthodontics at this time means that patients can take advantage of this treatment without the need to explain to others. 

Even when we are able to get out of the house, we are still required to wear a mask in public buildings and some public spaces. Covering the nose and mouth has become a life-saving precaution, meaning that the chances of someone seeing your braces have never been lower. There’s also a good chance that by the time the need for wearing masks is massively reduced, whether that be in a few months or even several years, you are likely to be at least halfway on your journey to achieving the perfect smile, or even completely finished with your treatment!

In order to keep in contact with work colleagues and loved ones from afar, most of us have also taken to Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype or FaceTime to communicate rather than face-to-face. Of course, this also means that the appearance of metal braces are minimised.

What Are the Benefits of Orthodontics?

While there are other cosmetic dentistry treatments available, orthodontics can gently push the teeth together to create a more natural and even smile. At Perfect Smile Spa, we have a wide selection of cosmetic straightening treatments, which range in price and treatment time. 

Orthodontic treatments are used to align your teeth for a straight smile and can resolve a number of issues, including diastema, overbite, or generally crooked teeth. Orthodontics can improve confidence, make the teeth easier to clean, facilitate oral hygiene and can also resolve other issues relating to dental health.

While orthodontics are generally most commonly used during teenage years, teeth can be corrected at almost any age, whether that is for practical or cosmetic reasons.

What Are the Types of Orthodontics?

There is a wide range of orthodontic treatments available, with some more tailored to unique orthodontic problems and others providing faster and more effective results. Some of the most modern and advanced procedures at our popular dental clinic include metal braces, ceramic braces, Smilelign, Fastbraces, Damon Braces, Inman Aligners, Six Months Smiles and Invisalign.

If you’re looking for invisible orthodontics, you can take advantage of our discreet teeth straightening options at Perfect Smile Spa.

Essex Orthodontics

Although orthodontic treatment is beneficial in your teens, it doesn’t mean it isn’t suitable for adults. More and more adults are now taking advantage of the discrete teeth straightening options currently available.

Our dental practice in Essex is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our orthodontics treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.