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.
When to Get Dental X-Rays
Dental X-rays of your teeth, gums, jaw, and other structures are important to oral health. Find out when you need them.
Who Uses Mouth Guards and Why?
Using mouth guards during sports or athletic activity can help prevent dental damage. They can also be worn at night to prevent teeth grinding.
Dental Health Resources
Learn where to go for help if you have a dental problem.
Learn More About Dental X-Rays
WebMD provides an overview of dental diagnostic tests, including what they show about your oral health.
Straight Talk About Adult Braces
Thinking about braces? Find out what it takes to get a straighter smile.
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.
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.