Traditional braces are comprised of brackets that are affixed to teeth and wires that are threaded through slots in the brackets. Some patients may also have metal bands encircling back teeth. Wires are held to brackets by tiny rubber bands called “ligatures” or “o-rings.” Brackets are generally made of stainless steel or may be ceramic. Wires are made of metal alloys and deliver a constant, gentle force to move teeth. Also, brackets, ligatures and O-rings are available in a variety of colors and styles to complement your personality.
According to patients, traditional braces work in moving misaligned teeth in a relatively short period of time while also useful in correcting malocclusion and bad bites. Very complex or severe cases of misaligned teeth will probably have better results using traditional braces compared to Invisalign. Many patients also say that traditional braces require less care, since they are not removed when eating and usually only need periodic adjustments in the office.
During your initial consult, Dr. Graham will explain your options and the pros and cons of each treatment method available to you. Remember that your goal is to improve your teeth alignment and smile for your lifetime and our office will help you reach that goal with as little discomfort as possible.