Braces are a device used in orthodontics to align teeth and their position with regard to a person's bite. They are often used to correct malocclusions such as underbites, overbites, cross bite and open bites, deep bites, or crooked teeth
The first step is to determine whether braces are suitable for the patient. The doctor consults with the patient and inspects the teeth visually.
If braces are appropriate, a records appointment is set up where X-rays, molds, and impressions are made. These records are analyzed to determine the problems and proper course of action.
Typical treatment times vary from six months to two and a half years depending on the complexity and types of problems. Orthognathic surgery may be required in extreme cases.
About 2 weeks before the braces are applied brackets are required to spread apart back teeth in order confirm enough space for the bands.