Braces for both functional as well as cosmetic improvement

Straightening your teeth

Dental braces are devices that are placed directly on teeth in order to move them. Braces are generally the most common method for achieving optimally aligned teeth. Dental braces can also be used to improve the relationship of how our teeth come together between the upper and lower jaws. Braces for tooth movement fall under the dental specialty of “orthodontics”. Orthodontic treatment with braces is used for cosmetic as well as functional improvement in respect to teeth position.

Braces usually consist 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 also used in conjunction with braces to move teeth, jaw, and bone such as headgear and expansion devices. While orthodontics work on teeth movement, it sometimes involves working with one’s facial bone growth to achieve favourable jaw dimensions and relationship.

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