Braces are small “handles” that are stuck on to most or all of the teeth to allow the orthodontist to control the movement of the teeth in three dimensions. Braces are the universal tools used by orthodontists to achieve the best results in most patients.

The most common types of braces are metal or clear (both with and without colours). Braces are usually stuck on the front of the teeth but there are special types of braces that can be stuck on the back of the teeth.