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The most common type of treatment we use at Meyer & Dana Orthodontics is metal braces. However, all braces are not created equal!

At Meyer & Dana Orthodontics, we use self-ligating braces to move your teeth more quickly, with lighter forces and increased comfort.

What Are Braces Made of?

The non-friction function of self-ligation means more tooth movement is possible using fewer appliances and without the removal of permanent teeth.

The days of having braces tightened are over. Self-ligating brackets are tie-less brackets that reduce the pressure on your teeth.

Brackets

The brackets we use at Meyer & Dana Orthodontics are durable and made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals.

Doors on the brackets slide open and closed to allow the high-tech wires to work more efficiently. These brackets are also lower profile, keeping lips more comfortable and help make cleaning easier!

Glue

This is what your doctor 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. Your doctor 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.

Orthodontic Bands

These are stainless steel rings that your doctor will cement 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.

Spacers

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.

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