Orthodontic appliances are made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be brackets bonded/glued to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to the proper position. Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can now choose clear or metal brackets and the color of your braces. Wires are far less noticeable, and the latest materials are designed to move teeth faster with more comfort. Any age is a great age to wear braces!