Orthodontics: Do you know what all you are wearing in your mouth ??
Orthodontic fixed appliance includes bands, wires and brackets. Bands are fixed around
the teeth or tooth and used as anchors for the appliance, while brackets are most often
bonded to the front of the tooth. Arch wires are passed through the brackets and
attached to the bands. Tightening the arch wire puts tension on the teeth, gradually
moving them to their proper position. Braces are usually adjusted monthly to bring about
the desired results, which may be achieved within a few months to a few years. Today’s
braces are smaller, lighter and show far less metal than in the past. They come in bright
colors for kids as well as clear styles preferred by many adults.