Metal braces are the most common type of braces for orthodontic patients. Today’s metal braces offer a smaller, flatter, and more comfortable profile than in the old days. This treatment method is tried and true which is why patients of all ages choose metal braces to help them gain straight, beautiful smiles.
What Braces are Made Of
Traditional metal braces are usually made of high-quality stainless steel or titanium. The three main parts of your braces are:
- Brackets — Brackets are the metal parts bonded to the teeth using special glue to keep them in place.
- Archwire — The archwire is the thin metal wire that connects each bracket and places the correct pressure on the teeth to help guide them into place.
- Ligature Elastic (also known as the “rubber bands”) — Elastics, or rubber bands, are the colored ties that hold the archwires to the brackets. Your orthodontist will change the elastics at each appointment. Elastics may come in a variety of colors and will allow you to customize your smile while undergoing treatment.
How Braces Work
Once they are placed on your teeth, braces apply constant pressure to your teeth. The force of this pressure moves your teeth into their proper position. At each appointment, Dr. Vargo may tighten the archwires and change your rubber bands. In addition to braces, some patients may need to wear headgear. Patients wearing braces will notice their teeth feeling a little loose at times. There is no need to worry, this is a normal and temporary part of the process; once the teeth in their new position the feeling will go away.
Metal Braces for All Ages
Traditional metal braces remain the most popular, fastest, and most cost-effective orthodontic treatment available. Dr. Vargo can help you determine what the most appropriate treatment option is for your case. Please contact us to schedule an appointment and learn more about how braces can give you the smile you have always dreamed of.