Metal braces are the most common type for orthodontic patients. Today’s metal braces are much smaller, flatter, and more comfortable than in the past. Patients of all ages choose them to achieve straight, beautiful smiles.
What Braces are Made Of
Metal braces are made of high-quality stainless steel or titanium. The three main parts of your braces are:
- Brackets and Bands — These 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 are the colored ties that hold the archwires to the brackets. Dr. Kuhn usually changes them at each appointment. Elastics may come in a variety of colors.
How Braces Work
Once bonded on your teeth, braces place gentle, constant pressure on your teeth, which helps move them into proper position. At each appointment, Dr. Kuhn may change or adjust the archwire.
Patients wearing braces may notice their teeth feel 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, quick, and cost-effective orthodontic treatment available. Dr. Kuhn can help you determine which is best for your individual case.
Please contact Madison Orthodontic Centers to schedule a complimentary initial exam and learn more about how braces can enhance your smile.