Metal braces are the most common type of braces for orthodontic patients. Braces today are much smaller, comfortable and easier to clean than they were just a generation ago. Metal braces are still the most popular and cost effective treatment available. Dr. Hoggan can help you determine if metal braces are best for you.
How do metal braces work?
After being attached to your teeth, the braces apply gentle but continuous pressure to help move your teeth into proper position. At your regularly scheduled appointments Dr. Hoggan may need to tighten your archwires. Some patients may need to wear additional hardware like headgear in order to achieve the desired smile.
There are three main parts of metal braces:
Brackets are small orthodontic attachments made from metal or ceramic that are attached to each tooth.
A metal wire that is attached to your brackets that is capable of guiding tooth movement.
Elastics (rubber bands)
During your treatment small elastic rubber bands are used to move teeth with a gentle but continuous force to help individual tooth movement. These can be found in numerous colors for better appearance.