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Traditional braces, also known as metal braces, have been around for a long time. They’re probably the most recognizable symbol of orthodontics in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area.
These orthodontic workhouses have a long history of successful treatment and are great at correcting many oral issues. At Embrace Orthodontics, metal braces continue to be the top orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages!
What Are Metal Braces Made of?
The brackets Dr. Li uses are durable and made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals.
Brackets have little hooks or doors where Dr. Li 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. Li 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. Li 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. Li 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. Li will determine if your treatment will benefit from orthodontic bands at your initial consultation.
These small elastic “donuts” or rings can be used by Dr. Li 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 Embrace Orthodontics, they come in dozens of colors.