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Metal braces are what most people visualize when they think of traditional braces. They are the most common choice among orthodontic patients in Kent and the surrounding areas.
With a lower profile and an overall decrease in size, traditional metal braces with Belli & Streit Orthodontics are much more comfortable than they were in the past.
All About Belli & Streit Orthodontics Braces
Metal braces are what most people visualize when they think of traditional braces. They are the most common choice among orthodontic patients. With a lower profile and an overall decrease in size, traditional metal braces are much more comfortable than they were in the past.
What Are Braces Made of?
These orthodontic staples have a long history of successful treatment and are great at correcting many oral issues. At Belli & Streit Orthodontics, metal braces continue to be the top orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages.
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.
Brackets are bonded to the front of each tooth and connect to one another by an archwire, helping to guide your teeth where Dr. Belli or Dr. Streit wants them to move.
The brackets our doctors use are durable and made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals.
Brackets have little hooks or doors where Dr. Belli or Dr. Streit 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 thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Your doctor 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.
Wearing elastics (or rubber bands) improves the ﬁt of your upper and lower teeth.
Wear rubber bands as instructed, and remember that the rubber bands work far more efﬁciently if they are worn as prescribed.
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. Belli or Dr. Streit will determine if your treatment will benefit from orthodontic bands at your initial consultation.
Separators are little rubber doughnuts that may be placed between your teeth to push them apart so that orthodontic bands may be placed during your next appointment by Dr. Belli or Dr. Streit.
The separators will be removed before we place the bands. Separators do not mix well with sticky foods, toothpicks, or ﬂoss.
These tiny rubber rings or bands are used to attach the archwire to the brackets.
They’re less rigid than spacers and at Belli & Streit Orthodontics they come in dozens of colors.