Dental braces are wire-based appliances that orthodontists use to correct crowded and misaligned teeth or jaws. Many people who need dental braces get them during their early teenage years, but adults also can benefit from wearing braces. The goal of dental braces is to properly align your teeth and jaws to produce an even bite and pleasing smile.

For minor corrections, another option is a series of customized, removable appliances called clear aligners or "invisible braces." They may be more expensive than fixed braces, but may have a more acceptable appearance to some adults. Clear aligners may take longer to move teeth, but are still effective with regular use. However, many people need fixed braces to properly correct their dental problems.

Modern materials and technologies make the experience of having dental braces much more comfortable than in the past.