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Metal Braces


 
 
 
 

Strong & Sturdy

Traditional braces have been around a long time, and they're probably the most recognizable symbol of orthodontics.

These orthodontic workhouses have a long history of successful treatment and are great at correcting many oral issues.

What Are Braces Made of?

Brackets



The brackets are durable and made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals.

Brackets have little hooks or doors where a wire is threaded. A bracket can be secured by closing the door, or by placing an elastic over the top of the wire.

Glue

This is what Dr. Van Vliet will use to attach the brackets to your teeth. It’s common to attach the bracket directly to the tooth with glue.

Wire

This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Van Vliet will change the shape and curvature of the wire to move your teeth in the right direction.

The wire will attach all of your bottom or upper teeth together in many cases, but we might occasionally cut the wire if connecting just a few teeth is better for your treatment plan.

Elastics

If you need bite correction, elastics are essential. They are generally strung between an upper bracket hook and a lower bracket hook. This will pull the upper jaw backward to correct an overbite, or the lower jaw back to correct an underbite.

We may use rubber bands for many different situations, especially when we want to put extra pressure on the teeth or jaws.

Orthodontic Bands

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.

Spacers

These small elastic “donuts” or rings can be used to create space in between your teeth when needed, typically before bands are placed. They are also referred to as separators.

Elastic Ties/O-Rings/Ligatures/Colors

These tiny rubber rings or bands are used to attach the archwire to the brackets.

They're less rigid than spacers and come in dozens of colors.

Contact

Contact Us

Our two offices conveniently located in Ramsey, New Jersey and Highland, New York.

Call Us

Highland: 845 691 8330

Fax: 845 691 7019


Ramsey: 201 327 2233

Fax: 201 327 1665

Email Us

info@vvortho.com

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Our Highland Address

19 Woodside Place
Highland, NY 12528

Our Ramsey Address

76 Arch St
Ramsey, NJ 07446