Metal braces are the most common type of braces, and they can correct the widest range of orthodontic problems. While clear braces can be the treatment of choice for simple misalignment, metal braces can correct crooked and crowded teeth as well as a misaligned bite and problems with patients’ jaws. Metal braces consist of a series of brackets that are bonded to the front of the patient’s teeth, then threaded with a metal wire. Elastic bands provide tension. These braces rely on a constant, gentle pressure to shift the patient’s teeth into alignment.
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