The most common type of braces at Glendale Orthodontic Group are metal braces. These orthodontic workhorses have a long history of successfully straightening smiles for patients of all ages.
What are metal braces made of?
The brackets used by the team at Glendale Orthodontic Group are made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals.
Brackets have little hooks or doors where a wire is threaded. We will secure the brackets by closing the door or placing an elastic over the top of the wire.
The team at Glendale Orthodontic Group uses glue to attach the brackets to your teeth. It’s common to attach the metal bracket directly to the tooth with glue.
This thin piece of metal runs between each bracket. Your orthodontist will change the wire’s shape and curvature to move your teeth in the right direction.
In many cases, the wire will attach all of your bottom or upper teeth. Our team might occasionally cut the wire if connecting just a few teeth is better for your treatment plan.
Your orthodontist will cement the stainless steel rings to your back teeth using dental bonding agents. The bands anchor your braces and orthodontic appliances.
Our team uses these tiny rubber rings or bands to attach the archwire to the brackets. Elastics are less rigid than spacers, and you can get them in dozens of colors.
If you need bite correction, elastics are essential. Your orthodontist typically strings elastics between an upper bracket hook and a lower bracket hook.
This method pulls your upper jaw backward to correct an overbite or the lower jaw back to correct an underbite. We use rubber bands when putting extra pressure on the teeth or jaws.
If we need to create space between your teeth, we put spacers on the job. We use these small elastic spacers commonly before placing your bands.