How Orthodontics Work
The goal of orthodontic treatment is the same for children, teenagers or adults – to straighten teeth so they look better and work better.
This goal is achieved using braces that put gentle pressure on your teeth to move them into the correct position over months or years.
Traditional braces, made of either metal or ceramic, have been used for decades to straighten teeth. In recent years, advances in orthodontic treatment have resulted in braces that are low-profile, more comfortable and easier to care for.
How Braces Straighten Teeth
Braces apply continuous pressure to the teeth over time, slowly moving them into their new, corrected positions.
As pressure is applied and the teeth move, the bone changes shape to accommodate the new positions of the teeth.
Types of Braces
Metal Braces are made out of stainless steel and are the preferred technique of straightening teeth. They straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires.
Ceramic braces are comprised of transparent materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth. This type of braces is popular with older teens and adults, since they should be less noticeable on the teeth than metal braces.