A short crash course on the key components of orthodontics: metal brackets are the squares that are bonded to the front of each tooth. Brackets hold the arch wires that move your teeth during orthodontic treatment. Arch wires guide your teeth to the correct positions. Springs can be attached to the arch wires between the brackets to push, pull, or open & close spaces between your teeth. Our orthodontist may decide to attach elastics or rubber bands to the hooks on your brackets. These elastics are worn between your upper and lower teeth to move your arches against each other to achieve a perfect fit of individual teeth and a solid bite. Other treatment options are available depending on the type of movement desired.
We invite you to contact Blais Orthodontics to learn more and to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to meeting you!