At Dream Smiles Dental, braces are orthodontic devices that correct misaligned teeth and jaws. They are designed to gradually move teeth into their proper positions and improve the alignment of the bite. Braces have several components that work together to apply controlled forces to the teeth, encouraging them to shift over time. The main components of braces include:
- Brackets are small, square-shaped attachments typically made of metal or ceramic. Brackets are bonded to the front surface of each tooth using a unique dental adhesive. They serve as anchors for the other components of braces.
- Arch wires are thin, flexible wires that connect the brackets and provide the necessary force to move the teeth. Arch wires are placed in a gentle curve along the dental arch and are periodically adjusted by the dentist to guide the teeth into their desired positions.
- Ligatures or O-Rings are small elastic bands or tiny wires that securely hold the arch wire on each bracket. They come in various colors and can be changed at each orthodontic appointment for a more personalized look.
- Rubber bands are sometimes used with braces to exert additional force to move the teeth or adjust the bite. They are attached to hooks on the brackets and create pressure to properly align the upper and lower jaws.
Different Types of Braces:
Traditional metal braces are made of stainless steel brackets and wires. These braces use a system of brackets bonded to the teeth and connected by arch wires, which are periodically tightened to move the teeth into the desired position gradually. Metal braces are highly effective and suitable for treating various orthodontic issues.
These braces resemble traditional metal braces but use tooth-colored or clear ceramic brackets instead. Ceramic braces are less noticeable than metal braces and are popular among individuals who desire a more discreet treatment option.
Clear aligners are transparent, custom-made trays that fit snugly over the teeth. Clear aligners are removable and replaced with a new set every few weeks to shift the teeth into the desired position gradually. They are virtually invisible, comfortable to wear, and easily removable for eating, brushing, and flossing.
For the best dental care or to learn more about our dental services, visit Dream Smiles Dental at 1950 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown 78626, or call (512) 863-2303.