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. the bracket acts as a "tooth handle."
- Archwire — The archwire is the thin metal wire that connects to each bracket and puts pressure on the teeth to help guide them into place.
- Ligature Elastic (also known as o-rings) — O-rings are the colored ties that hold the archwires to the brackets. Dr. Okun will change these colored o-rings frequently during treatment. (Elastics are the rubber bands that you place yourself to pull some teeth against other teeth. When you need elastics, Dr. Okun will show you where to place them.)
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. Dr. Okun 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.