Traditional Braces

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Traditional braces are made out of high quality stainless steel or titanium. Metal braces are much smaller, flatter, and more comfortable than in the past. Patients of all ages choose metal braces to help them achieve straight, beautiful smiles. The metal braces offer durability and comfortability throughout treatment. There are three basic parts to the traditional braces system:

  • Brackets. Metal brackets are attached to the teeth using special glue that bonds them to the tooth surface and holds them in place.
  • Archwire. The archwire is a thin metal wire that connects each bracket and puts pressure on the teeth to help guide them into place.
  • Elastics. Elastics, often referred to as rubber bands, are the colored ties that secure the archwires to the brackets. Your orthodontist will change the elastics at each appointment. The fun begins when you get to pick out your elastics as they come in a  variety of colors.


Orthodontic Treatment with Traditional Braces

Orthodontics are very effective in treating the following problems associated with developing teeth and jaw growth:

  • Closes gaps between teeth
  • Ensures teeth are properly aligned
  • Straightens crooked teeth
  • Improves oral function: speech and eating
  • Enhances long-term health of gums and teeth
  • Prevents long-term excessive wear and trauma to teeth
  • Corrects an improper bite.

Braces are an essential element of modern dental care. Not only do braces improve your smile, but the “after braces result” also helps prevents cavities by aligning your teeth and reducing wear on enamel.

 How Do Traditional Braces Work?

Traditional braces use four main components to correct a faulty bite: brackets, bands, archwires, and ligature elastics. Your orthodontist attaches either stainless steel or clear ceramic brackets to the center of each tooth using dental bonding agents.

Though clear ceramic braces are less visible in your mouth than their metal counterparts, they may require extra attention to oral hygiene and are typically used in older teenagers or adults desiring cosmetic corrections.

Thin arch wires run from bracket to bracket, creating a system capable of exerting gradual pressure on your teeth. Materials used in braces today are lighter and more comfortable for patients. Your orthodontist can alter the tension of the arch wires to achieve proper alignment and a great smile.

Elastics in a choice of colors may are attached to the brackets to secure the archwire during the treatment process. Rubber bands are used towards the end of treatment to exert a different type of helpful pressure, often between the upper and lower jaws.

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