Traditional braces are the most common type orthodontic appliance. Today's braces are much smaller, flatter, more comfortable and attractive to wear. We offer three types of braces for our patients to choose from. Patients of all ages choose traditional braces to help them achieve straight, beautiful smiles!
What Braces are Made Of
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 light pressure on the teeth to help guide them into place.
Ties — Ties wrap around the braces hold the archwires to the brackets and come in a variety of colors that will be changed at each orthodontic visit.
How Braces Work
Once placed on your teeth, braces place constant light pressure on your teeth, and the light 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.