Orthodontic treatment involves moving teeth into a position that is better for appearance, the way your teeth mesh together when you bite and for your overall oral health. As the forces used to move teeth are gradual, orthodontic treatment can take many months to reach the end result. The smile that you achieve at the end is worth the wait and will last if looked after with care.

Why have orthodontic treatment?

The benefits of teeth straightening are numerous. Bite issues, such as an overbite or underbite, can cause jaw problems and tooth wear. Orthodontics can realign the jaw as well as correct the position of teeth. When teeth overlap, it creates spaces where plaque and tartar can develop. These places are hard to reach when cleaning which makes gum disease more likely to be a problem. Straightening the teeth reduces the chance of tartar build ups and can help keep your mouth bacteria-free. Having crooked teeth or gaps in your smile can make you feel a little self-conscious. A straight smile is instantly noticeable and often what people aspire to the most when deciding to have cosmetic treatment.

Types of orthodontic treatment

There are different options of orthodontic treatment available. Mild problems that require only minimal amounts of movement to correct can be addressed with short term orthodontic systems such as Fastbraces and Six Month Smiles. More complex cases often need fixed braces which deliver much more precise movements. Fixed braces are traditionally made from metal brackets that fit onto the teeth with wires placed through. The wires are tightened during the treatment, encouraging the teeth to move. Many orthodontic providers offer more cosmetic options. There are clear fixed braces that are nearly invisible with tooth coloured wires. Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are also a popular option for patients who want to straighten their teeth but don’t want to have fixed, noticeable braces.


Adult orthodontics are more popular than ever before, thanks to modern subtle and effective methods for straightening teeth. Invisalign has revolutionised orthodontics with its clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible and very comfortable.

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