About Braces

What Are Braces All About?

Braces are made up of parts including brackets and wires (see Appliances). You may also have other orthodontic devices, such as headgear and expanders (see Appliances). Braces and other orthodontic aids are called appliances. They put gentle pressure on your teeth and jaws to guide them into correct position. Appliances don’t work on their own, so you’ll need to do certain things to help them work right. If you do your part, the results will be worth it!

What You Need to Do

Most important, keep scheduled appointments with your orthodontist. Brush and fl oss daily, and wear your appliances as instructed. Also, see your dentist for regular cleanings. Keep in mind that if you don’t do these things, you may need to wear your braces longer!