Orthodontics is increasingly popular with adults for a variety of reasons – more of us are realising how important a good smile is. Simple things like feeling ashamed of crooked front teeth can lead to a lifetime of photo albums consisting of covered mouths or smile-less shots. Many people who have experienced this feeling long for the day when they can flash a big, white, straight smile at the camera. Orthodontics makes that happen. British patients are fast catching up with their American counterparts, where teeth are seen as crucial in how attractive we are. Big, white, beautiful teeth are not things we are born with – orthodontics help make that happen.