Today’s braces are more comfortable than ever before. Newer materials apply a constant, gentle force to move teeth and usually require fewer adjustments.
Braces consist of small metal or tooth-colored brackets cemented to your teeth, connected by a wire. Periodic appointments are made where the dentist or orthodontist will tighten them to gradually shift your teeth and jaw. Orthodontic treatment often begins between ages 8 and 14 but can be performed on healthy teeth of any age. Treatment generally lasts between one and three years with a follow-up period where a retainer is required to hold teeth in their new position.