Traditional braces have been around for a long time, and they’re probably the most recognizable symbol of orthodontics in the Twin Cities and any surrounding area.
All About Imagine Orthodontics Braces
What Are Braces Made Of?
These orthodontic workhorses have a long history of successful treatments and are great at correcting many oral issues. At Imagine Orthodontics, we use the “Damon System” of self-ligating braces, eliminating the need for elastic o-rings.
These metal braces continue to be the top orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages and, with Damon self-ligating braces, you may even require fewer officer visits compared to traditional metal braces.
Metal braces are a cost-effective option because they don’t require some of the more complex technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments do.
Modern braces are smaller, more comfortable, and more attractive. Metal braces are built from high-grade stainless steel and are the most common type of braces you’ll see.
Brackets are bonded to the front of each tooth and connected to one another by an archwire, helping to guide your teeth where Dr. Sarah needs them to move.
The brackets Dr. Sarah uses are durable and made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals.
Brackets have little hooks or doors where Dr. Sarah will thread a wire. The bracket can then be secured by closing the door, or by placing an elastic band over the top of the wire.
This is what Dr. Sarah will use to attach the brackets to your teeth. It’s common practice to attach the bracket directly to the tooth with glue.
This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Sarah will change the shape and curvature of the wire to move your teeth in the right direction.
In most cases, the wire will attach all of your bottom or upper teeth together. We might occasionally cut the wire if connecting just a few teeth is better for your treatment plan.
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 are not used for everyone. At your initial consultation, Dr. Larson will determine if your treatment will benefit from orthodontic bands or not.
These small elastic “donuts” or rings can be used by Dr. Sarah to create space in between your teeth when needed, typically before bands are placed. They’re also referred to as separators.