Traditional braces have been around for a long time, and they’re probably the most recognizable symbol of orthodontics in Kingwood and the surrounding communities.
What Are Braces Made of?
These orthodontic workhorses have a long history of successful treatment and are great at correcting many oral issues. At Smile Ranch Orthodontics, metal braces continue to be the top orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages.
They can work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other treatments might. This can potentially shorten your treatment time.
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.
Pick Your Finish: Metal, Gold & Silver
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 Smile Ranch Orthodontics, you can choose different finishes for your brackets: traditional metal, gold or silver!
Brackets are bonded to the front of each tooth and connect to one another by an archwire, helping to guide your teeth where Dr. Katie wants them to move.
The brackets Dr. Katie uses are durable and made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals. At Smile Ranch Orthodontics, you can even choose gold brackets!
These brackets have little hooks or doors where Dr. Katie will thread a wire. The bracket can then be secured by closing the door, or by placing an elastic over the top of the wire.
This is what Dr. Katie will use to attach the brackets to your teeth. It’s common to attach the bracket directly to the tooth with glue.
This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Katie 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. Katie 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. Katie will determine if your treatment will benefit from orthodontic bands at your free consultation.
These small elastic “donuts” or rings can be used by Dr. Katie to create space in between your teeth when needed, typically before bands are placed. They’re also referred to as separators.
These tiny rubber rings or bands are used to attach the archwire to the brackets. They’re less rigid than spacers and at Smile Ranch Orthodontics, they come in dozens of colors.