Dental 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.
Healthy teeth and proper jaw alignment are the foundation of good oral health. Crooked or crowded teeth are hard to clean and can result in gum disease, tooth decay, and even tooth loss. Other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth, or misalignment of the jaw joints. These can lead to chronic headaches and face or neck pain.
Orthodontic appliances are made of metal, ceramic or plastic. Whether removable or bonded directly to your teeth, they work by placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction to slowly move teeth into a corrected position.