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What do metal braces treat?

Metal braces, or metal brackets attached to the front of your teeth, treat spacing, bite, and alignment problems. A thin metal wire connected to the brackets puts pressure on your teeth to slowly correct crooked, widely-spaced, or crowded teeth.

Metal braces also treat overbites (when top teeth extend too far over bottom), underbites (when bottom teeth stick out under top), and crossbites (when your bite is twisted). Metal braces can also treat other jaw and bite problems.
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.

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