Dental braces work by applying pressure to the teeth, moving them gradually over time. Most of this pressure is applied by a metal wire called an archwire. The archwire is attached to tiny brackets placed on each tooth. The brackets are glued on the front of each tooth. Rubber bands called ligatures go around the brackets and put added pressure on the teeth. You now have more options in the type of braces from which you can select. Please see one of our orthodontic specialists for treatment options.
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Recent improvements in traditional braces have resulted in smaller, stronger, more efficient and less conspicuous brackets. They are usually made from stainless steel, which contains small amounts of nickel*.
Some of our patients can customize their braces by using different color ties around the brackets. Most patients mix their colors and change the colors after each adjustment.
*Please let your orthodontist know if you may have a nickel allergy.
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper teeth than on lower teeth.