One of the most rapidly evolving areas of dentistry, orthodontics involves the use of corrective appliances, including braces and retainers, to straighten crooked teeth and/or repair an irregular bite.

Orthodontic treatment usually involves wearing a brace on your teeth. This puts gentle pressure on specific teeth to move them into the right place. You will usually need to wear a brace for between six months and two years. During this time, your orthodontist (a dentist who specialises in straightening teeth) will monitor you closely and make adjustments to the brace.

Orthodontic treatment is usually carried out during childhood, but adults can have it as well.