All About Gardner Orthodontics Braces
What Are Braces Made Of?
These orthodontic workhorses have a long history of successful treatment and are great at correcting many oral issues. At Gardner Orthodontics, metal braces continue to be the top orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages.
Metal braces are a cost-effective option because they don’t require some of the more complex technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments do.
Modern braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive. Metal braces are built from high-grade stainless steel and are the most common type of braces you’ll see. At Gardner Orthodontics, you can even choose between silver or gold brackets.
Brackets are bonded to the front of each tooth and connect to one another by an archwire, helping to guide your teeth where Dr. Gardner wants them to move.
This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Gardner will change the shape and curvature of the wire to move your teeth in the right direction.
The wire will attach all of your bottom or upper teeth together in many cases. We might occasionally cut the wire if connecting just a few teeth is better for your treatment plan.
If Dr. Gardner determines that you need bite correction, elastics are essential. They’re generally strung between an upper bracket hook and a lower bracket hook.
This will pull the upper jaw backward to correct an overbite, or the lower jaw back to correct an underbite.
We may use rubber bands for many different situations, especially when we want to put extra pressure on the teeth or jaws.
These are stainless steel rings that are cemented to your teeth using dental bonding agents. These bands can provide an anchor for your braces and orthodontic appliances, but they’re not used for everyone.
Dr. Gardner will determine if your treatment will benefit from orthodontic bands at your initial consultation.
These tiny rubber rings or bands are used to attach the archwire to the brackets.
They’re less rigid than spacers and at Gardner Orthodontics they come in dozens of colors.