When you think about braces, you inevitably picture the traditional, clunky metal braces that we all associate with awkward adolescence. These appliances are comprised of four parts—brackets, arch wires, bands, and ligature ties. However, even when opting for metal braces over other options, these appliances are smaller and lighter weight than ever before. In fact, most of what people think they know about braces is no longer true.
Brackets used in orthodontic treatment today are a great deal lighter and smaller than ever. They are bonded to each tooth with a tooth-colored bonding adhesive. The brackets serve as guides to hold the arch wire in place and to move the teeth into proper alignment.
These advancements in treatment mean patients can experience the results they want in less time with less discomfort.