The Components of Braces

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Have you recently had braces recommended for your smile? You may be wondering how braces work to straighten your smile. Read on to be enlightened.

Brackets are small squares that are bonded to the front of each tooth or are attached with orthodontic bands. These brackets hold the arch wires that move the teeth to their correct positions.

Orthodontic Bands
If orthodontic bands are used, they wrap around every tooth to hold the brackets in place. Orthodontic bands can be made from stainless steel, clear or tooth-colored materials. Some patients have brackets and no orthodontic bands. Dr. Ben Frandsen can determine if orthodontic bands are right for you.

Spacers may be used to create a small separation between the teeth so that orthodontic bands can be placed.

Arch Wires
Arch wires direct the movement of the teeth. They are made of metal or a clear or tooth-colored material and are attached to the brackets.

Sometimes springs are placed on the wires between the brackets to pull, push, open or close the spaces between the teeth.

Elastics or Rubber Bands
Elastics or rubber bands can be attached to hooks on the brackets and worn between the upper and lower teeth as directed. They are used to apply pressure to move the upper or lower teeth to achieve a perfect fit.

Feel free to contact Frandsen Orthodontics at 801-375-3355 today to learn more about braces in Orem, Utah, and to set up an appointment with our orthodontist.