Is a specialty of dentistry that is concerned with the study and treatment of malocclusions (improper bites).There are fixed appliances (braces) and removable appliances.
As their name implies, they may be removed and inserted. They are usually used at a younger age while the jaws and teeth are still developing intensively, directing their proper growth.
Popularly called brackets stay glued in the mouth until therapy in ended. There are many different types of appliances which use different metal or white brackets. They can be glued to the front or to the back of the surface of the tooth. The treatment with braces (the active phase) is followed by the wearing of a retainer (the passive phase).This is a removable appliance which the patient must wear so that the teeth stay in their place.