What do clear braces treat?

Gregory J. Jorgensen, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
Braces (officially known as orthodontic appliances) are used to straighten your teeth. They work by placing precise forces on the teeth that move them from where they are to where you and your orthodontist want them to be. Braces can be made out of many materials including stainless steel, porcelain, plastic, and titanium. The teeth can't tell what the braces are made of and so they all function about the same.
Clear braces treat bite problems, tooth misalignments, gaps between teeth, and crooked teeth. You can get ceramic or plastic brackets that are bonded to your teeth, or clear plastic aligners that are removable. Clear braces treat overbites (when top teeth stick out) and underbites (when bottom teeth stick out), close gaps between teeth, and straighten teeth. Clear braces help your teeth and jaw fit together properly so you can chew, bite, and speak better, as well as improve your appearance.

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