It is possible to have braces placed behind your teeth, according to the British Orthodontic Society. These type of braces, known as lingual braces, can only be fitted by orthodontists with special training. More »

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To brush teeth with braces, remove elastic bands, if any, and any other removable parts, then brush with a soft-bristle toothbrush, according to WebMD. Rinse thoroughly with water. More »

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Foods such as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, yogurt, bananas and grapes are all recommended for people who wear braces, according to Dental Associates. Melons, cheese, hulless p... More »

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The most common alternatives to orthodontic braces for straightening crooked teeth are removable aligners and retainers and dental contouring. These alternatives may not be suitable if the teeth are severely misaligned. More »

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It takes one to two hours for an orthodontist to apply most types of braces to a patient's teeth, according to Embrace-it! The orthodontist cleans and dries the teeth, applies bonding glue, attaches brackets and puts the... More »

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People may need braces if they lose their baby teeth later than normal, if they experience abnormal jaw clicking or if their bite does not close in a matched pattern, according to Delta Dental. Chewing problems or biting... More »

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The Palo Alto Medical Foundation advises that the teeth, gums and mouth will be sore for a few days after getting braces or spacers. Most people are able to return to normal eating habits by the third day. More »