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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:
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.