Metal braces are the most common type of braces for orthodontic patients. Today's 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.
What Braces are Made Of
Traditional metal braces are made of high quality stainless steel or titanium. The three main parts of your braces are:
- Brackets — 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 the thin metal wire that connects each bracket and help guide your teeth into place.
- Ligature Elastic (or Elastic tie) — are the colored ties that hold the archwire to the brackets. These elastic ties are changed at each appointment so you can make new color combinations at each visit
How Braces Work
Braces place constant pressure on your teeth, and the force of the pressure helps move teeth into proper position. At each appointment, the wires are changed to different strength and flexibility until your teeth take the form of the archwire.
In addition to braces, patients may need to wear other appliances such rubber bands or the FORSUS appliance so that their teeth fit well into a correct "bite".
Braces for All Ages
Traditional metal braces are still the most popular, quickest, and most cost-effective orthodontic treatment available.
Dr. Van Westen can help you determine what treatment is best for your individual case. Please contact our office to schedule an appointment and learn more about how braces can enhance your smile.