Dental braces (orthodontic braces) are devices used in orthodontics that align and straighten teeth and help to position them with regard to a person’s bite, while also working to improve dental health. They are often used to correct underbites, as well as malocclusions, overbites, cross bites, open bites, deep bites, crooked teeth, and various other flaws of the teeth and jaw. Braces can be either cosmetic or structural. Dental braces are often used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances to help widen the palate or jaws and to otherwise assist in shaping the teeth and jaws.
Braces are used in straightening teeth as well as the improving the relationship of how our teeth come together between the upper and lower jaws.
A general term, “braces” are the actual devices that are attached to teeth. This usually consists of “brackets” that are bonded to the teeth and a metal wire that is inserted into the brackets. The metal wires are “tightened” and work together with the brackets to move teeth into the desired positions. There are other components that are used in conjunction with braces to move teeth, jaw, and bone such as headgear and expansion devices. Orthodontics work on teeth movement and sometimes includes working with one’s facial bone growth to achieve favorable jaw dimensions and relationship.