Through correction of teeth alignment, malocclusion ("bad bite") can be corrected with adults or children. This results both in improved aesthetics and functionality of teeth and jaw. To achieve this, braces are applied over longer periods.
Self-ligating brackets secure to the bracket with a door on the bracket. Self-ligating brackets allow adjustments of the braces without tightening. The doors are spring-loaded allowing less frequent adjustments and faster tooth movement because of less friction. Average treatment time has dropped from 20 to 15 months, and very often the teeth are straight in a year.
Conventional braces are available in both clear and metal. And with the advances in the design of braces, the material of construction is no longer a factor in the quality of the final result or the length of time in treatment.