Malocclusion, or crooked teeth and a misaligned bite, is a common issue. If you have malocclusion, Dr. Myoungsoo Choi may recommend braces in Katy, Texas.
Braces are can be made from different parts that apply continuous pressure over a period of time to move the teeth to their ideal positions. These components include:
Brackets – These small squares are bonded to the front of each tooth or are attached using orthodontic bands. Brackets hold the arch wires in place that move the teeth.
Orthodontic bands – These wrap around each tooth to provide an anchor for the brackets. Orthodontic bands are attached to the teeth. Orthodontic bands are not used in every case. Some patients have brackets without orthodontic bands. ¬
Arch wires – These attach to the brackets and guide the movement of the teeth to their ideal positions. They can be made from metal or from clear or tooth-colored materials.
Ligatures – These tiny rubber bands attach the arch wires to the brackets.
Elastics or rubber bands – Elastics or rubber bands hold the arch wires to the brackets. Elastics or rubber bands can also be attached to hooks on the brackets and worn between the upper and lower teeth. This applies pressure and moves the upper teeth against the lower teeth to help achieve an ideal fit for individual teeth.
To learn more and to schedule a consultation with our orthodontist, contact Cornerstone Orthodontics today.