Imagine wrapping your teeth with metal. Connect those choppers with yet more metal. Then, yank on them until they move. Are braces effective? Yes. Painful? You bet. Avoidable? Often.

Braces are aligners’ big, older brothers. For some people with gnarly smiles, they are the only solution. But for many, they're overkill.

Find out how they work, what they cost, and what they can do. Make your own choice about how to make your life better.