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Braces & plates for straightening teeth

Teeth bracesMany young people develop crooked teeth or an abnormal bite as they are growing and developing. Braces and plates can correct these problems. Straightening teeth helps to produce a more attractive smile and helps to prevent later dental and jaw problems.

Your dentist will normally assess your bite and alignment during a normal check-up. If you're worried about your, or your child's bite or teeth, make an appointment to see a dentist, or go straight to an orthodontist. An orthodontist can straighten your child's teeth using fixed braces or other methods.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created October 2018.

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