Braces

Mouth of someone with braces, showing ceramic braces on top and metal braces on the bottom

Braces are sets of wires and brackets cemented to the teeth. Over a period of about 24 to 28 months, the wires are tightened and adjusted, gradually applying enough force to move the teeth into alignment.

Current as ofOctober 3, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
William F. Hohlt, DDS - Orthodontics

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