What Are Dental Braces?

Braces are wire-based gadgets that are used to rectify misaligned or crowded teeth. In fact, teenagers usually use braces, but adults are also embracing them. Braces are used to align jaws and teeth. Many patients may view braces as a cosmetic procedure. However, straighter teeth allow patients to maintain a healthier smile by making teeth easier to clean. Learn more about dental braces and contact us today.

Common Dental Issues

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crooked or overcrowded teeth
  • Overbite 
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite

Dental braces constitute the following components:

  • Brackets that are used to hold the archwires that move the teeth. 
  • Orthodontic bands that are used to wrap each tooth and provide support to the brackets. 
  • Spacers that separate teeth before placing orthodontic bands.
  • Archwires are used to direct tooth movement. They are usually tooth-colored or made of metals or clear in color.
  • Ties can be metal, colored, or clear used to attach the archwires to the brackets.
  • Elastic rubber bands are used to hold the archwires to the brackets.


Types of Dental Braces


Ceramic braces are clear or tooth-colored brackets that get integrated into the teeth. They are usually preferred as they move the teeth faster than other types of braces.


Invisalign is a system of clear, plastic aligners used to straighten teeth. Many patients prefer them because they are almost invisible. Also, they allow patients to eat any type of food since they are removable.


Metal braces are the most noticeable braces but are the least expensive and probably the most preferred type of braces. They move teeth less painfully and quickly.

How They Are Placed

In short, orthodontists specialize in treating and preventing facial and dental irregularities. Once they notice any abnormal problem with the jaws or teeth, they will run a diagnosis and will advise on the best treatment solution for the problem. The preparation involves the following:

  • Oral examination where a full scan of the mouth, teeth, and jaw is done to determine the problem
  • X-rays that will give the orthodontist a clear image of the positions, sizes, and relationship of all the teeth to the jaws.
  • Plaster models. The plaster models that will provide the orthodontist with an impression of the teeth for purposes used for purposes of evaluation.
  • Probable tooth extraction. Based on the orthodontist evaluation of the teeth, some of the teeth may be extracted.
  • Other procedures.  For extreme cases, surgery may be required to correct the jaw positioning.

Learn More

It is important to maintain high dental hygiene and a balanced diet. This will help keep the teeth strong and healthy and give you a beautiful smile after the removal of the braces. Learn more about orthodontic treatment today. We have several locations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. Click below and book your appointment with us.


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