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At Amaya Orthodontics, metal braces continue to be the top orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages. Dr. Malik has successfully treated and fixed all kinds of oral issues using traditional and self-ligating braces.
Dr. Malik can also use metal braces to close gaps and align your teeth faster than by using other treatments, and so that can shorten your treatment time.
You can even customize your braces with WildSmiles custom brackets for the ultimate personal expression!
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What Are Braces Made Of?
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. Metal braces are built from high-grade stainless steel and are the most common type of braces you’ll see at Amaya Orthodontics.
Brackets are bonded to the front of each tooth and connect to one another by an archwire, helping to guide your teeth where Dr. Mohni Malik wants them to move.
The brackets that Dr. Malik uses are durable and made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals. Amaya Orthodontics offers both traditional brackets and WildSmiles brackets, which come in over 25 shapes so you can show off your personality!
Brackets have little hooks or doors where Dr. Malik will thread a wire. The bracket can then be secured by closing the door, or by placing an elastic over the top of the wire.
If Dr. Malik determines that you need bite correction, elastics are essential. They’re 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.
These small elastic “donuts” or rings can be used by Dr. Malik to create space in between your teeth when needed, typically before bands are placed. They’re also referred to as separators.
This is what Dr. Malik will use to attach the brackets to your teeth. It’s common to attach the bracket directly to the tooth with orthodontic glue.
This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Malik 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. 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’re not used for everyone.
Dr. Malik will determine if your treatment will benefit from orthodontic bands at your initial consultation.
These tiny rubber rings or bands are used to attach the archwire to the brackets. They’re less rigid than spacers and at Amaya Orthodontics they come in dozens of colors.