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Orthodontics is the least destructive way of achieving corrective changes in badly positioned, overcrowded or crooked teeth. This is done through the use of braces which move the teeth into the correct position. The general aim of orthodontic treatment is functional as well as cosmetic. If not carried out it may lead to the damage and malfunction of oral tissue such as teeth, gums, bones, joints and even be the cause of headaches and neck problem. These problems when manifest in adults may require not only orthodontic treatment but also restorative work to restore the mouth to full heath and functioning dentition and in the process create a beautiful smile. Options Conventional fixed braces: these are commonly used and are visible. Although now smaller and less obvious they still may not be aesthetically acceptable to some patients. Lingual braces: These are worn on the back of the teeth and are, therefore, invisible. They require specialist expertise for placement which Smile Design can offer. Clear braces (Invisalign/CLEAR PATH): These are clear 'invisible' braces which are very popular with adult patients. It is a removal brace system that uses a series of custom made aligners to move the teeth into the correct position. Treatment planning carried out by using 3D computer imaging technology to project the tooth movement achievable allows the dentist and the patient to visualise the result before treatment commences. In this way facial aesthetics and smile characteristics can be to the patient's choice. The length of the treatment is dependent on the severity of the crowding or spacing of the teeth and complexity of the movement required.