Although there are many different types of braces available, traditional metal braces are still the what most people think of when they picture braces. Today, our Surrey orthodontists talk a little about these classic orthodontic appliances.
Despite a growing variety of orthodontic treatment options, traditional metal braces are still the most common teeth straightening choice among orthodontic patients.
Metal braces have changed quite a bit over the years. Today, metal braces are a lot smaller, lower profile, and more comfortable than they used to be.
What are metal braces made of?
Metal braces are made of – you guessed it – metal! Usually, they’re made of high quality stainless steel or titanium, and consist of 3 main components:
The brackets are attached to the teeth using special bonding material that holds them in place.
The archwire is a fine length of metal wire that connects the brackets to one another. Its job is to put pressure on the teeth to guide them into their new positions.
Ligature Elastic (otherwise known as “rubber bands”)
Elastics are the coloured (or clear) rubber bands that hold the archwires to the brackets. Your orthodontist will change the elastics at each appointment, so that you can switch colours each time, if you like.
How do metal braces work?
Braces apply continued pressure on your teeth. This force is what moves them into the correct positions.
Each time you visit your orthodontist during treatment, he will likely tighten the archwires and replace your rubber bands. These steps are necessary to make sure your treatment progresses.
Metal Braces Are for Everyone
Traditional metal continue to be among the most popular and cost-effective orthodontic treatments available. Nevertheless, each patient is different, and your orthodontist can help you determine what treatment is best for your individual case.