Metal braces seem to be the most popular type of braces. They have been the “go-to” option for the following reasons – they are effective, durable, in some cases less expensive, and in short, they work! Current metal braces are different than the ones in the past. Today’s metal braces are more comfortable, smaller, and more low-profile.
What do braces consist of?
Traditional metal braces are made of high quality stainless steel or titanium. The three main parts of your braces are:
- Brackets: Brackets are glued to the teeth with a special type of glue that bonds them to the surface of the tooth and firmly holds them in place. There is a mechanical and chemical bond that actually takes place.
- Archwire: An archwire is a thin metal wire that is attached to each bracket connecting them to one another. This helps to keep braces in place while exerting pressure on the teeth to help move them into their ideal positions.
- Ligature ties or O-ties: Ligature ties are colorful ties that help attach and hold the archwires to the brackets. The orthodontist will change the ties at every patient visit. If you select a self-ligating brace system, there will be no ligature ties or O-ties. Instead, these braces have a door or clip that holds the wire in place.
Light, gentle forces lead to a beautiful smile…
Braces exert a continuous light force on the teeth which helps guide each tooth to its new position. Every time the patient visits our Ladera Orthodontics office, the archwires may be replaced with new ones in order to maintain adequate force on the teeth. In some cases, orthodontists may advise using elastics or rubber bands to help guide the jaws during the treatment.
We let our patients know beforehand that there is nothing to worry about if their teeth seem to feel loose during treatment. This is normal and is only temporary. This indicates that the braces are doing what they are supposed to do; and once the teeth move to their new, ideal position, that sensation will go away.
Metal braces are made for all ages
Metal braces are considered the most popular option available, primarily because this option is more cost-effective and predictable. Dr. Gire and Dr. Salmassian will provide their expert recommendations to help patients determine what type of braces they should use.
Please call our Ladera Orthodontics practice and schedule an appointment to learn how braces can improve your smile.