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We're so excited to be able to offer you the LightForce braces system, because these fully customized braces will give you the most personalized care. No two people are exactly alike and LightForce allows Dr. Foley to truly individualize your orthodontic experience!
What Are Braces Made of?
The brackets Dr. Foley uses are durable and made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals.
Brackets have little hooks or doors where Dr. Foley will thread a wire. The bracket can then be secured by closing the door, or by placing an elastic over the top of the wire.
This is what Dr. Foley will use to attach the brackets to your teeth. It’s common to attach the bracket directly to the tooth with glue.
This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Foley will change the shape and curvature of the wire 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.
If Dr. Foley determines that you need bite correction, elastics are essential. They’re generally strung between an upper bracket hook and a lower bracket hook.
This will pull the upper jaw backward to correct an overbite, or the lower jaw back to correct an underbite.
We may use rubber bands for many different situations, especially when we want to put extra pressure on the teeth or jaws.
These are stainless steel rings that are cemented to your teeth using dental bonding agents. These bands can provide an anchor for your braces and orthodontic appliances, but they’re not used for everyone.
Dr. Foley will determine if your treatment will benefit from orthodontic bands at your initial consultation.
These small elastic “donuts” or rings can be used by Dr. Foley to create space in between your teeth when needed, typically before bands are placed. They’re also referred to as separators.
These tiny rubber rings or bands are used to attach the archwire to the brackets. They’re less rigid than spacers and at Foley Orthodontics they come in dozens of colors.