Vanderbilt Oral Health

Braces and Appliances

Our goal is for you to have straight teeth, a good bite, and a beautiful smile. How do braces accomplish this? It's helpful to understand how braces work.

Over a period of time, the constant, gentle pressure of braces moves teeth into their proper positions. There are two parts to braces:

  • brackets which are placed directly on your teeth
  • the archwire that connects them

We place a bracket (a piece of shaped metal or ceramic) on each tooth. You might think of this bracket as a handle, a way for us to control each tooth. Then we connect an archwire to each bracket. The wire runs through the brackets and provides the force necessary to move the teeth.

The video below will help you understand the differences between types of braces. You'll need the latest Flash browser plugin to see it.


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