Many adults have memories of big clunky braces from their youth. Luckily, times have changed and even traditional braces are far smaller, have a lower profile and are easier to attach than ever before. Today, traditional braces are very durable and have a smooth finish, making them easier on the lips and gums.
Traditional braces have been used to straighten teeth for decades, but how exactly does this orthodontic treatment method work? Braces are made up of three key components: brackets, archwires and ligatures (also known as elastics).
The brackets are bonded to the front surface of each individual tooth. The archwire, which is a very thin but durable metal wire, is then threaded through each bracket, creating that ‘train track’-like look synonymous with braces. The ligatures, little elastic bands, are then hooked over the brackets to apply pressure, guiding your teeth slowly into a straighter position.
Latest advancements in orthodontic technology use self-ligating brackets, which eliminate the need for elastic bands. At Origin Orthodontics, we use the Damon system of self-ligating braces.
Traditional metal braces have been adapted over the years, so there are now different types of braces available which use this original treatment method. These include:
Traditional braces have evolved over time and today they have many benefits for patients requiring orthodontic treatment.
Many teenagers, and even adults, also love the fun they can have with traditional braces by showing them off with coloured elastics.
To find out how you could benefit from traditional metal braces, book a free video consultation with the team at Origin Orthodontics today.