Braces, Brackets or Straight Wire Appliance
Metal brackets are often the most popular straight wire appliance. A few of the reasons are:
- Is fast moving
- Is fixed and easy to maintain
- Requires an average of 1 visit per month to the dentist
- Durable and strong
- Can fix soft or extreme misalignment cases
How do braces work?
Basically, braces move your teeth by applying constant pressure towards a specific direction. This direction is chosen and customized according to your features and a clinical study made why your specialist. The study includes photos, X-rays, and impressions of your teeth. When the teeth move, so does the bone. This way dentists and orthodontics are able to correct many teeth arrangements that can cause damage in the future, such as:
- Open bite
- Close bite
- Crooked teeth, etc.
What to expect?
You will require a few appointments before you start the actual treatment. Your teeth will need to be healthy and decay free. If crowding is presented, a few teeth extractions might be needed.
During the first appointment, separators rings are placed in between the last two molars in order to create space for the molar bands. In about a week, this separation will allow the metal molar bands to be placed.
The molar bands will be used as anchors to move the teeth in conjunction with the brackets that will be placed at the end.
The brackets are small metal squares bonded to each tooth. The bracket guides and places the tooth in an ideal place with the help of a metal wire.
The metal wire will need to be changed periodically but not necessarily on every visit.
Are metal brackets for me?
Metal brackets are the standard procedure for orthodontics. If you have crowding or a misalignment, brackets most probably will be the best and fastest solution to your problem. There are many options in orthodontics nowadays that can accommodate your needs and wants. With the help of our specialist, we can choose the ideal treatment for you.