Anchorage and Eagle River AK Braces Anatomy

 Anatomy of your braces:

Brackets: Are the handles on the teeth.The bracket is what moves the tooth into place. A bracket is glued on each tooth. The arch wire fits tightly in a slot in the bracket causing the tooth to move into place over time. If a bracket should break off of the tooth, call as soon as possible for an appointment.
Arch wires: A horse shoe shaped wire, shaped specifically to fit around the teeth and is tied into bracket slots with an elastic tie.  Teeth move from the pressure that is applied on the brackets by the arch wires.  The arch wire provides a gentle pressure which guides the direction of movement of the teeth.  Please call immediately if your arch wire becomes mis-shapen or begins to poke you.
Colored Braces in Anchorage AK: Brighten Up Your Smile! Elastic Ties: Small elastic ties are used to tie the arch wire into the bracket. These ties come in an assortment of colors allowing for personalization of your braces. You can change your colors at each appointment.
Orthodontic Springs: In some cases springs are placed on the arch wire between brackets. This is done to open space for a tooth to erupt or make room for a tooth to move into place. Sometimes the springs can break, call immediately if the spring feels any different.
Elastics: Elastics are commonly used to correct a bite discrepancy: ie. fix your overbite or under-bite. Elastics are a small rubber band that hooks from the top teeth to the bottom teeth. Elastics are to be worn 24 hrs. a day 7 days a week unless otherwise instructed. Failure to wear elastics as instructed can delay treatment.

Molar Bands: Molar bands are a small metal band that is fit around your molars. These are used if a molar has a crown on it and a bracket cannot be glued to the tooth. Bands are fit specifically to the tooth and is sealed in with a dental cement. Bands also provide anchorage for habit appliances when needed.

Seperators: Seperators are small blue rubber rings that are placed between your back molars to open space between molars. This is done to allow room for a band to be placed on a molar.