If your desire is to straighten crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw, braces may be the answer you're looking for. Braces work by applying pressure to the teeth and jaws in order to move them into a desired position.

Changes in Orthodontic Technology

Braces are not the shiny mouthful of metal of years past. Many more options are now available. Teeth used to be fully banded. But today, brackets are bonded directly to each tooth's surface. With some people it's possible to place them behind the teeth, making them less noticeable.

Braces can be made with materials such as:

  • Stainless steel
  • Ceramic
  • Plastic


Clear, invisible "trays" are also now available. These can straighten teeth without using traditional braces and wires.

Invisible trays may be an option for people who require simple orthodontic work. This method uses custom-made, clear, removable trays that put pressure on the teeth, moving them gradually into their correct position. This treatment is not right for people requiring more extensive orthodontic work.