Metal braces remain the most commonly used type of braces in orthodontic treatment. While they have been utilized for many years, modern metal braces are now smaller, flatter, and more comfortable compared to previous versions. Patients of all age groups opt for metal braces as an effective method to achieve straight and aesthetically pleasing smiles. Their widespread use and continuous advancements make metal braces a trusted choice for orthodontic patients.
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 puts pressure on the teeth to help guide them into place.
Ligature Elastic (also known as the “rubber bands”) — Elastics, or rubber bands, are the colored ties that hold the archwires to the brackets. Your orthodontist will change the elastics at each appointment. Elastics may come in a variety of colors.
HOW BRACES WORK
Braces apply constant pressure to move teeth into proper position, and any temporary looseness in the teeth is normal and will resolve as treatment progresses.
METAL BRACES FOR ALL AGES
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