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Have you recently had braces recommended for your smile? You may be wondering how braces work to straighten your teeth. Our team is happy to shed some light on the subject.

Brackets
Brackets are small squares that are bonded to the front of each tooth. These brackets hold the arch wires that move the teeth to their correct positions. Brackets can be made from several things, including stainless steel, tooth-colored ceramic or tooth-colored plastic.

Spacers
Spacers may be used to create a slight separation between your teeth so that orthodontic bands can be placed.

Arch Wires
Arch wires guide the movement of the teeth to their new positions. They are made of metal or a clear or tooth-colored material and are attached to the brackets.

Ties
These small rubber rings or fine wires attach the arch wire to the brackets. Orthodontic ties can be clear, metal or colored.

Springs
Sometimes springs are placed on the arch wires between the brackets to pull, push, or open or close the spaces between the teeth.

Elastics or Rubber Bands
Elastics or rubber bands can be attached to hooks on the brackets and worn between the upper and lower teeth. They are used to apply pressure to move the upper or lower teeth to achieve a perfect fit. Our orthodontist can determine if elastics or rubber bands would be beneficial to your orthodontic treatment.

We encourage you to contact Hennes Orthodontics at (760) 598.1707 today to learn more about braces in Vista, California, and to set up an appointment with Dr. Jerrold Hennes.