Orthodontics is the field of dentistry that specialises in straightening of teeth. The orthodontist will assess your teeth, often take x-rays, and make a custom-fitting brace for the crooked teeth. This brace will exert gentle but steady pressure on the teeth, pulling them into a straight position. Best results are seen in children, but adult teeth can also be straightened.
Are there different types of braces?
Broadly speaking, there are two main types of brace - fixed or removable. Fixed braces, as their name implies, stay in place constantly. Removable braces can be taken off for eating or cleaning, but are then worn at all other times. Braces can also be made out of a variety of materials, including metal or plastic.
Newer braces can be so discrete that they are difficult to see unless if someone is very close to you. Whereas these may be suitable for some people, others may require more traditional braces. Your specialist will be able to discuss options with you.
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