Orthodontics / Braces Directory
Dental braces and retainers are used by orthodontists to help to straighten crooked teeth and correct a misaligned bite in patients as young as 8 or 9. In some cases, a removable retainer will be all that's necessary; in severe cases, surgery may be recommended. Braces, which consist of bands, wires, and other fixed or removable corrective appliances, work by applying continuous pressure over a period of time to slowly move teeth in a specific direction. Newer mini-braces, which are much smaller than traditional braces, are an option for some. Braces usually remain in place for 1-3 years, followed by the use of a retainer. Braces cost between $1,800 and $5,500. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage of orthodontics/braces, when and why they are sometimes necessary, how they work, and much more.
Dental Health Resources
Learn where to go for help if you have a dental problem.
Crooked Teeth and Misaligned Bites
Information on two dental health problems: crooked teeth and misaligned bites.
Invisible Orthodontic Aligners
WebMD takes a look at clear orthodontic braces called aligners - how they work, who might consider getting them, and their advantages.
Handling Dental Emergencies
Here's a quick summary of what to do for some common dental emergencies.
Straight Talk About Adult Braces
Thinking about braces? Find out what it takes to get a straighter smile.
Braces for Adults: How to Make the Decision
A guide to why you might want to get braces on your teeth when you're an adult, and what kinds of options you've got.
When to See an Orthodontist
Beyond braces, orthodontists use a variety of techniques to help patients straighten teeth and improve their bite. WebMD discusses what orthodontists do, how to choose one, and cost considerations.