Tried-and-true Treatment

The most common type of braces at Leland Orthodontics are metal braces. Dr. Andrew Leland has a long history of using these orthodontic icons to successfully straighten smiles for patients of every age around Reno and the surrounding areas. Call today for a free consultation!

 

The Nuts & Bolts of Braces

You’ve seen these before, the tried-and-true appliances that orthodontists have been using for decades. The good news is, it’s not like 30 years ago when there were bands wrapped around every tooth.

Nowadays, we glue each bracket to the front of each tooth, which makes the process much more comfortable for you.

You can pick out the colors of your bands at each appointment!

Braces are the tried-and-true method of orthodontic treatment. Thanks to advances in technology, your experience wearing braces is dramatically better than it was years ago. Here are the parts that make up your braces.

Brackets

The brackets Dr. Leland uses are durable and made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals. Our mini twin brackets are smaller than older models and more comfortable than ever.

Brackets have little hooks or doors where a wire is threaded. Brackets are secured by closing the door or placing an elastic over the top of the wire.

Glue

This is what Dr. Leland will use to attach the brackets to your teeth. It’s common to attach the bracket directly to the tooth with glue.

Wire

This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Leland will change the wire's shape and curvature 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.

Elastics

If you need bite correction, elastics are essential. They’re generally strung between an upper bracket hook and a lower bracket hook.

This pulls your upper jaw backward to correct an overbite, or the lower jaw back to correct an underbite. We use rubber bands for many different situations, especially when we want to put extra pressure on the teeth or jaws.

Orthodontic Bands

We cement these stainless steel rings to your teeth using dental bonding agents. These bands anchor your braces and orthodontic appliances, but we don’t always use them for everyone.

Spacers

If we need to create space between your teeth, we‘ll use spacers . We use these small elastic “donuts” or rings typically before we place your bands are placed. You might also hear them called “separators”.

Metal Braces FAQ