Dental braces (also known as braces, orthodontic cases, or cases) are devices used in orthodontics that align and straighten teeth and help position them with regard to a person’s bite, while also aiming to improve dental health. Braces also fix gaps. They are often used to correct underbites, as well as malocclusions, overbites, open bites, deep bites, cross bites, crooked teeth, and various other flaws of the teeth and jaw. Braces can be either cosmetic or structural. Dental braces are often used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances to help widen the palate or jaws and to otherwise assist in shaping the teeth and jaws.
The majority of Americans now have had braces, but do you ever wonder what is actually happening in your mouth?
This video shows what can be a painful, years-long process, in less than 60 seconds. Slowly, but surely, orthodontics do their work and straighten out crooked teeth.
While braces may bring many of us back to the awkward preteen years when food would uncomfortably get stuck in your mouth, seeing the final straightened teeth remind you it was all worth it.