Strong & Sturdy Treatment
The most common type of braces at Sohn Orthodontics are metal braces. These orthodontic workhorses have a long history of successful treatment and are what most people around Bridgeville think about when they imagine orthodontic treatment.
What Are Braces Made of?
Metal braces are great at correcting many oral issues for patients in Bridgeville and the surrounding communities.
The brackets Dr. Sohn uses are made from a durable mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals.
Brackets have little hooks or doors where a wire is threaded. A bracket can be secured by closing the door or by placing an elastic over the top of the wire.
This is what Dr. Sohn 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. Sohn 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.
If 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.
These small elastic “donuts” or rings can be used to create space in between your teeth when needed, typically before bands are placed. They’re also referred to as separators.
Dr. Sohn uses these tiny rubber rings or bands to attach the archwire to the brackets. They’re less rigid than spacers and come in dozens of colors.