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.