Braces

How do braces straighten crooked teeth?

Smiling Girl with Braces

Braces use constant, gentle pressure, which over time, move teeth into their proper positions. Your braces are at work every moment of your orthodontic treatment. The two main components of your braces are: the brackets that are placed on your teeth and the main archwire that connects them. The bracket is a piece of shaped metal or ceramic that we affix to each tooth. The archwire is bent to reflect your “ideal” bite. In other words, it reflects the way we want you to look after treatment. To discuss getting braces in the area, please feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment.

Types of Braces Overview

For a brief narrated overview of the different types of braces, please click on the image below. It will launch our educational Module in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about different types of braces.

Types of Braces Overview
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For a brief narrated overview of the different types of braces, please click on the image in the right column. It will launch our flash educational module in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about different types of braces.

The wire threads through the brackets and, as the wire tries to return to its original shape, it applies pressure to move your teeth. Picture your tooth resting in your jaw bone. With pressure on one side of the archwire, the bone on the other side gives way. The tooth moves. New bone grows in behind.

Attached to your braces, elastics (rubber bands) exert the proper force that creates the right amount of pressure to move teeth. In order for this force to remain constant, elastics must be worn all the time and changed every day.

Different Types of Braces

Metal braces are the most popular with kids and teenagers. They love using different colors of elastic ties. These braces are much smaller than ever before.

Translucent clear ceramic braces are the most popular with adults. You have to be very close to someone to be able to see them. Yet, because they are a ceramic material, they are more fragile and will fracture occasionally during treatment.

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