Orthodontics is the field of dentistry concerned with dental and facial problems brought on by misalignment of the jaw, an abnormal bite, crooked and twisted teeth, gaps between the teeth and overcrowding.
In most cases, orthodontic problems can be treated using dental braces made from brackets and wires that produce forces to effectively align teeth. This is generally recommended for children and teenagers, otherwise orthodontic problems tend to get worse if left untreated. However, treatment is possible for adults but may take a little longer.
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Most people automatically think of train-track braces when they consider orthodontic treatment, but there are many modern treatment options available. Patients now have a great deal of choice when choosing a treatment and modern solutions are generally quicker, more comfortable and discreet compared to treatments used by previous generations.
Popular orthodontic treatments include:
Often, the range of treatments you can choose from will depend on your individual orthodontic prescription and price range. Certain treatments are designed for minor problems but others are able to remedy more complex cases.