How is treatment accomplished?

Dependant on your age and type of problem, your orthodontist will decide the most suitable course of treatment. In a minority of children with a jaw growth problem orthopedic appliances can be used to carefully direct forces to guide the growth and development of jaws in growing patients. However, in the majority of cases, custom-made braces are required, which may be removable or fixed to the teeth. These can either be made of metal, ceramic or plastic. By attaching wire to the brackets, teeth can be moved slowly through the supporting bone to a new desirable position. Nowadays, because of the advances in technology, new 'invisible braces' can be used, but your orthodontist will decide whether these are suitable for your teeth.

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