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Traditional braces have been around for a long time, and they’re probably the most recognizable symbol of orthodontics in Decatur and the surrounding area.
What Are Braces Made of?
These orthodontic workhorses have a long history of successful treatment and are great at correcting many oral issues.
At Decatur Orthodontics, metal braces continue to be the top orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages!
Metal braces are made of high-quality, durable stainless steel. They are the most common type of braces.
The brackets, which are bonded to the front of each tooth, are connected by the archwire, which helps guide the teeth into the correct positions. Today's metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.
The brackets Dr. Francis uses are durable and made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals.
Brackets have little hooks or doors where Dr. Francis will thread a wire. The bracket can then be secured by closing the door, or by placing an elastic over the top of the wire.
This is what Dr. Francis will use to attach the brackets to your teeth. It’s common to attach the bracket directly to the tooth with glue.
This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Francis will change the shape and curvature of the wire to move your teeth in the right direction.
The wire will attach all of your bottom or upper teeth together in many cases. We might occasionally cut the wire if connecting just a few teeth is better for your treatment plan.
If Dr. Francis determines that you need bite correction, elastics are essential. They’re generally strung between an upper bracket hook and a lower bracket hook.
This will pull the upper jaw backward to correct an overbite, or the lower jaw back to correct an underbite.
We may use rubber bands for many different situations, especially when we want to put extra pressure on the teeth or jaws.
These are stainless steel rings that are cemented to your teeth using dental bonding agents.
These bands can provide an anchor for your braces and orthodontic appliances, but they’re not used for everyone. Dr. Francis will determine if your treatment will benefit from orthodontic bands at your initial consultation.
These small elastic “donuts” or rings can be used by Dr. Francis to create space in between your teeth when needed, typically before bands are placed. They’re also referred to as separators.
These tiny rubber rings or bands are used to attach the archwire to the brackets. They’re less rigid than spacers and at Decatur Orthodontics they come in dozens of colors.