These are the most common type of orthodontic brace. Some patients require the use of fixed orthodontic appliances (‘train tracks’) to have really straight teeth, and achieve the best possible improvement of their smile.
Small precisely designed buttons called brackets are stuck/bonded to each tooth, they can be metal or tooth coloured. Sometimes rings called bands are also fitted around the back/molar teeth. The brackets are then connected to each other using a thin wire, called an archwire. The wire is held in place with small elastic rings called modules, or with very thin wires called ligatures. The wires are adjusted at regular intervals to straighten the teeth and correct the bite.
You will need to attend the practice regularly for adjustments, failure to do so will result in the treatment taking longer or ultimately failing.
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