Traditional braces have been around for a long time, making them one of the most recognizable symbols of orthodontics.
These orthodontic workhorses have a long history of successful treatment and are great at correcting many oral issues.
At The Smile Patio Orthodontics, metal braces continue to be the top orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages in Vista, Carlsbad, San Marcos and the surrounding areas. Call today for a free consultation!
What Are Braces Made of?
This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Albaugh 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. Albaugh 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.
These tiny rubber rings or bands are used to attach the archwire to the brackets. They’re less rigid than spacers, and at The Smile Patio Orthodontics, they come in dozens of colors and we can customize them to your liking for holidays and more!