An effective long-term solution to straightening your teeth and correcting your bite is orthodontics. Metal braces focus on on aligning and straightening teeth using wires and brackets that apply force to the teeth to move them into a particular position. The discipline has advanced over decades and today treatment is a lot shorter and more comfortable than it was in the past.
Patients who have problems with their bite and the way their top and bottom teeth line up against each other should consider metal braces. Treatment does require good oral hygiene habits and regular visits to the practice for check-ups and adjustments. Depending on the extent of the alignment required with your teeth, treatment can take from several months to a couple of years with reliable results. Retainers are provided at the end of treatment and with good compliance your teeth will remain stable in their new position.
When your bite is properly aligned and your teeth are straightened, there are less gaps and areas for food to get trapped and plaque to build up on the teeth, causing decay. In that sense, orthodontics is a long-term investment in your oral health.