Why straighten teeth?

People have orthodontic treatment to improve the appearance, health and function of their teeth.


People are very aware of how teeth look and an attractive smile can play an important role in enhancing self-confidence.

These days, with good oral hygiene and regular dental care, your teeth should last a lifetime - wouldn't it be nice if they looked good too?


It's more difficult to clean your teeth when they are crowded and overlapping. Inadequate cleaning is a major factor in tooth decay, gum disease and eventual tooth loss.

Whilst it is possible to keep even the most crooked teeth clean, having your teeth straightened will make it easier for you to look after them.

Tooth wear

It is claimed that some bad bites lead to clenching, grinding, and excessive wear and/or uneven wear of the teeth.

Gum damage

In severe malocclusions the teeth can damage the gum.

For example, in cases of deep bite, the lower front teeth can bite into the gum behind the upper front teeth.

Jaw joint problems

It is claimed that some bad bites stress the jaw joint causing damage and pain in and around the joint.


Some people have difficulty speaking properly because of alignment problems with their teeth and jaws.



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