Dental Braces


Megan Freedman

What are braces?

Braces are devices that your orthodontist attaches to your teeth to change their position. Braces straighten crooked teeth and correct an abnormal bite. Braces prevent and correct problems caused by a bad bite, overcrowded teeth, and too much space between teeth. These problems include difficulty chewing and speaking, jaw problems, tooth decay, and gum disease.

The average age for beginning treatment with braces is 8 to 14 years. The length of treatment with braces varies from person to person. The number and type of procedures you will need depends the type of braces, the severity and current position of your teeth, and how quickly your treatment progresses. 

Braces consist of two main parts. Small metal or ceramic brackets are attached to your teeth and metal archwires move your teeth. Your orthodontist passes archwires through slots in the brackets and adjusts the archwires to move your teeth. Rubber bands and hooks may als