Braces are sets of wires and brackets cemented to the teeth. Over a period of about 24 to 28 months, the wires are tightened and adjusted, gradually applying enough force to move the teeth into alignment.
Last Revised: January 11, 2011
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & William F. Hohlt, DDS - Orthodontics
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