Orthodontics is a type of dentistry that aims to improve the appearance, position and function of crooked or abnormally arranged teeth. The name comes from a Greek word that literally means "to straighten teeth". Healthcare professionals who specialise in orthodontics are known as orthodontists.
You may need orthodontic treatment if your teeth or jaw do not develop in a normal way. This can cause discomfort and make it hard to maintain good oral hygiene. In some cases, abnormal development of the teeth and jaw can affect the shape of the face, which could cause psychological and emotional problems, such as lack of self-confidence. Problems with crooked and out-of-place teeth are quite common in the UK. A recent study carried out in England found that around a third of 12 year olds would benefit from some degree of orthodontic treatment.
The enamel on the top surface on your tooth, is the hardest part of your entire body.
A diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals and fresh fruit & vegetables can help prevent gum disease.
Visiting a Dentist twice a year is imperative for dental health.
Babies' teeth begin to develop before they are born, but in most cases don't come through until they're between 6 and 12 months old.
Floss or use an interdental brush every day to remove food, debris and plaque lodged between your teeth.
There are 32 adult teeth in total – 12 more than in the baby set.