Metal braces are one of the most common methods for correcting the alignment of the teeth. Today, metal braces are flatter, smaller, and more comfortable than in the past, giving our patients a more comfortable and discreet orthodontic treatment.

What are the parts of braces?

Traditional braces are made of high-quality stainless steel and include three main components:

  • Brackets – The brackets are attached to the teeth using a special glue that holds them in place on the tooth surface.
  • Archwire – The archwire is a thin metal wire that links the brackets and applies gentle pressure to guide the teeth into place.
  • Rubber bands (ligature elastic) – The elastics, also called rubber bands, are the ties that hold the archwires in place to connect the brackets. Elastics are typically changed at each appointment, and they are available in a variety of colors so you can personalize your smile.

How do braces work?

Braces work by applying constant yet gentle pressure to the teeth. Your orthodontist may need to tighten the archwire at each appointment. This guides your teeth to their proper positions in your smile, helping to optimize your oral function and appearance. Because of the added pressure, you may experience some discomfort when your braces are first put on or after adjustment appointments. The teeth may also feel slightly loose; this is temporary and will go away when the teeth have finished moving.

Do I need braces?

Dr. Lynnette Nyberg will help you determine whether braces in Dover, New Hampshire, are the right choice for your smile. Braces are a great choice for patients of all ages, and they can be used to correct a wide variety of orthodontic problems. Whether your teeth are gapped, crowded, or crooked, braces can be used to improve your smile’s alignment. Braces are also effective for correcting issues with the jaw alignment, such as overbite, underbite, open bite, or crossbite. To learn more and to schedule your complimentary consultation at Nyberg Orthodontics, we welcome you to call or visit us today.