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Orthodontic treatment (usually with braces) is most often used to improve the appearance and alignment of crooked, protruding or crowded teeth, and to correct problems with the bite of the teeth.

Why orthodontics is used?

The benefits of orthodontics can include:

• correction of dental crowding and straightening of your teeth
• correction of your bite so the front and back teeth meet evenly
• reducing the chance of damage to prominent teeth
• improving your appearance, including your smile

Many people have crowded or crooked teeth, or their teeth don't meet correctly when they bite. These problems can mean the teeth are more likely to become damaged or put a strain on jaw muscles.

In some cases, abnormal development of the teeth and jaw can affect the shape of the face.

In most cases, we would refer to a specialist orthodontist who would assess your treatment needs. NHS orthodontic treatment is free for people under the age of 18 with a clear health need for treatment. But because of high demand, there can be a long waiting list.

NHS orthodontic care isn't usually available for adults, but may be approved on a case-by-case basis if needed for health reasons.

There are also private orthodontic treatments available, which will be discussed by your orthodontist.

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