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 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
Once placed on your teeth, braces place constant pressure on your teeth, and the force of the pressure helps move teeth into proper position. At each appointment, your orthodontist may tighten the archwires. In addition to braces, some patients may need to wear rubber bands or headgear. Patients wearing braces may notice their teeth feeling a little loose. This is normal and temporary; once the teeth are done moving this feeling will go away.
Metal Braces for All Ages
Traditional metal braces are still the most popular, quickest, and most cost-effective orthodontic treatment available. Your orthodontist can help you determine what treatment is best for your individual case. Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment and learn more about how braces can enhance your smile.
Metal Braces FAQ!
1Are metal braces the only option for straightening my teeth?
No. While metal braces are still a popular bracket-type option for straightening teeth and correcting alignment issues, today patients who need braces have many more options, including braces that are virtually invisible while being worn. Different types of braces may be more effective in treating specific types of alignment issues. Dr. Amanulla will do an evaluation will help determine which approaches are the best options for each patient's individual needs and treatment objectives during the consultation appointment.
2What are lingual braces?
Lingual braces use brackets that are attached to the back surfaces of the teeth, using wires to gently shift teeth into their proper positions over time. Unlike traditional metal braces, lingual braces are virtually invisible to anyone but you and your dentist and orthodontist.
3What are Damon™ braces?
Damon™ braces use special self-adjusting brackets (Damon brackets) combined with “smart” memory wire to gently move your teeth continually over time without the need for constant adjustments using orthodontic instruments. In most cases, that means patients need fewer office visits to keep their teeth moving in the right direction, making these braces a particularly good option for people with busy and demanding schedules. Damon™ brackets use a special sliding mechanism that enables wires to move without manual adjustment and without elastic bands or ties. The memory wire uses gentle but continual pressure for a more natural adjustment that's more comfortable than traditional metal braces. Plus, continual gentle pressure means teeth are subjected to less extreme pressures and friction so the potential for damage is decreased. And finally, Damon™ braces are clear, making them much less noticeable than traditional metal braces.
4What are Clear braces?
Clear braces represent the latest advancements in ceramic braces, featuring a small, rounded profile for greater comfort and a translucent effect that looks natural and attractive. Clear braces are designed to be good-looking as well as extremely sturdy, enabling patients to enjoy treatment without many of the restrictions associated with many other types of braces. The translucent appearance blends beautifully with the natural tooth color, and the material resists staining.
5Can I get Braces with Colored Bands?
Yes, it’s possible to add your own style to your traditional metal braces with colored bands. Show team spirit or celebrate a holiday with colored bands of your choosing!