Orthodontic appliances, otherwise known as braces, are precise, carefully engineered tooth-moving devices made of tiny parts.
HOW BRACES WORK
Dr. Britton and Dr. Farnsworth guide the teeth into the correct alignment by carefully making adjustments to the braces and orthodontic wires. The orthodontic wires put pressure on the teeth. The pressure causes the bone to adjust to the new position of the tooth. Tooth movement takes time due to the changes in the bone and gums.
Metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel and are small and comfortable.
CLEAR CERAMIC BRACES
Clear ceramic braces are the same shape as metal braces, except that they are translucent and blend into the teeth.
Orthodontic wires are what actually move the teeth. When tied into the brackets, they exert a gentle force to gradually move the teeth. Made of different types of metals and alloys, orthodontic wires tend to have a memory and want to retain their normal arched shape.
Small rings of metal that are cemented to the back teeth.
Tooth-colored dental composite. This is what attaches the bracket to the tooth.
Bonded directly onto each tooth with adhesive, the bracket holds the orthodontic wire in place.
Small attachments placed on the brackets which are used to attach rubber bands.
Wires that help hold orthodontic wires to the brackets.
Tiny, clear or colored elastomeric rings that hold the orthodontic wire into the brackets.
Small elastic rubber bands used to exert gentle but constant pressure to move help move the teeth.
Orthodontic wax is used to protect gums and cheeks from bracket irritation.