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Braces (dental)

Orthodontics is a type of dentistry that aims to improve the appearance, position and function of crooked or abnormally arranged teeth.
When orthodontics is used
Orthodontic treatment is most commonly used to improve the appearance and function of misaligned or crooked teeth.
Accessing orthodontics
Orthodontic treatment is sometimes available for free on the NHS, although you can also pay for private treatment.
How orthodontics is performed
There are many different types of orthodontic treatment, depending on the exact problem with your teeth or jaw.
Why orthodontics is necessary
There are a number of reasons why orthodontic treatment may be necessary, including to correct crooked teeth or to improve appearance and functionality.
Risks of orthodontic treatment
To reduce the risk of complications arising as a result of orthodontic treatment, maintain a high standard of oral hygiene and always follow your orthodontist’s instructions.
To achieve the best results from orthodontic treatment you should maintain good oral hygiene, wear your appliance as instructed and follow your orthodontist's dietary advice.