The UKs leading guide to Straight Teeth

Getting braces for the first time can be nerve-wracking. With more choice in braces and other teeth straightening methods now, there is also a lot of information to consider. This website is designed to give you all the information you need about braces in one place.

What are Braces?

Braces are devices used by orthodontists to straighten teeth. Conventional braces are made up of metal brackets and wires fixed to the teeth, which gradually push and pull the teeth into a more desirable alignment. This is a process which can take a considerable amount of time, and requires regular check ups and adjustments, but the results not only improve your facial aesthetics but also your speech, oral hygiene and chewing.

Alternatives to train track braces

Nowadays, there are other options to the traditional style braces. These are designed to be more discreet and to give quicker results. Some of the popular new styles include Invisalign, Lingual braces, Inman Aligner and 6 Month Smiles. These all work differently, but they are all discreet and fast working. They are made of clear plastic or tooth coloured ceramic to remain virtually invisible.

How can braces help?

Braces can help with a vast range of dental problems, including:

  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbite (where the top teeth overlap the bottom ones too much)
  • Overjet (where the top teeth stick out)
  • Underbite (where the lower teeth jut out)
  • Openbite (where the teeth don't meet when you bite together)
  • Crossbite (where the teeth bite on the wrong side of each other)
  • Misplaced midline (where your top teeth don't line up with your bottom teeth)

Getting these problems resolved can not only improve the aesthetics of your smile, but also help you maintain good oral hygiene, and can help your speech and chewing. While it can be daunting having braces fitted, the results are nearly always worth it, and if you wear your retainer properly, can last as long as your teeth.

Who can get braces?

Most people can have braces, but they are most effective on adolescents who have all their adult teeth. Braces are becoming more and more popular among adults, but there are often more complications when fitting braces for adults. Some people are eligible to have braces fitted on the NHS, but for the majority of people there is a cost. This site will provide an objective opinion on all braces related matters, to help you decide if this is the route for you to achieve straighter teeth.

Where can I find an orthodontist to straighten my teeth?

Right here! we have collated a list of practitioners that include orthodontists and dentists who have undergone postgraduate orthodontic training in specific techniques. Orthodontists generally have more experience than dentists at straightening teeth and have usually undertaken at least 3 years full time postgraduate specialist training in orthodontics. Orthodontists can also carry out more complex treatments and difficult treatments that a dentist may not have the experience or training to do so.

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