Braces

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Braces

Braces, also called orthodontic brackets, are basically "handles" that are either cemented directly to your teeth with a special orthodontic adhesive or attached to a metal band that surrounds your tooth like a ring on your finger. We rarely use bands, and if we do, they are only on the molar teeth. Since bands will withstand heavier biting forces in the back of the mouth, we will sometime use them to help attach certain appliances. Orthodontic arch wires insert into the brackets and produce a gentle force to start moving your teeth into proper alignment.
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