Braces are fitted by dentists or orthodontists to move your teeth into a position that corrects a number of different dental or jaw alignment problems.
A small bracket is glued to each tooth using dental cement. Wire is placed through each bracket and attached to the bands. This creates the pressure that will slowly move the teeth into position. Regular visits to the orthodontist/dentist are required to check the progress of the teeth and adjust the tension as required.
Braces can be used on a number of conditions where the teeth need to be moved into a new position. These include crooked teeth, crowded teeth, large gaps between teeth, overbites, and underbites. Braces are not just a cosmetic procedure to improve the look of your smile – they can also be a permanent orthodontic solution to serious dental conditions such as misaligned and underdeveloped jaws which can affect normal jaw development and general health.