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Do I need braces?

Dental braces are a way of straightening or moving your teeth, to improve how they look and how they function. Braces can also help you look after the long-term health of your teeth and gums and make eating more comfortable.

Braces work by putting pressure on the teeth, to slowly move them into the desired position. As the pressure takes effect, the bone in the jaw changes to allow the teeth and their roots to move.

Some of the most common reasons are:

* overcrowded or crooked teeth

* not enough, or too much, spacing between your teeth

* upper front teeth that stick out (called an 'overjet')

* lower teeth that bite too far behind your upper teeth (called an 'overbite')

* upper front teeth that bite behind your lower ones (called an 'underbite')

* the appearance of your smile

The best time to have braces is generally during childhood. But adults can have orthodontic treatment too – and more and more are doing this. Age is less important than having healthy teeth and gums. Children may have to wait for enough teeth to come through before starting treatment.

It is important that your mouth is healthy before you have orthodontic treatment. Some patients can’t have orthodontic treatment – for example, if they have advanced gum disease or tooth decay. Only a dental practitioner can decide whether you are able to have orthodontics.

At Smiles of Plenty we can assess you for suitability and if needed refer you to a specialist orthodontist.


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