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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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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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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Spacers tend to hurt more than the actual braces because spacers are placed in between the teeth to make room for the metal rings, which are attached to the teeth. The pain of having spacers placed lasts for a couple of ... More »

The advantages of an upper molar tooth extraction include reducing the risk for infection when teeth are decaying and providing additional space for an overcrowded mouth for teeth to move with orthodontic braces, states ... More »

A power chain for braces is a row of connected rubber O-rings, resembling a chain, that pulls the teeth closer together, states Paul S. Burkey, DDS. Each ring encircles one bracket of the braces, creating tension in the ... More »

According to WebMD, braces work by applying steady pressure to the teeth. The pressure causes the teeth to move, and the supporting bones change shape to support the teeth in their new positions. More »

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