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Have you recently had braces recommended to straighten your teeth? You may be wondering how braces work to straighten your smile. Our team is happy to shed some light on the subject.

Brackets
Brackets are small squares that are bonded to the front of each tooth or are attached with orthodontic bands. These brackets hold the arch wires that guide the teeth to their correct positions. Brackets can be made from several materials, including stainless steel, tooth-colored ceramic or tooth-colored plastic.

Orthodontic Bands
If orthodontic bands are used, they wrap around each tooth to hold the brackets in place. Orthodontic bands can be made from stainless steel, clear or tooth-colored materials. Dr. Skeet Burris, Travis Fiegle & Katie Pluckett can determine if orthodontic bands are right for you.

Arch Wires
Arch wires guide the movement of the teeth to their ideal positions. They are made of metal or a clear or tooth-colored material and are attached to the brackets.

Ties
These small rubber rings or fine wires are used to attach the arch wire to the brackets.

Springs
Sometimes springs are placed on the arch wires between the brackets to pull, push, open or close the spaces between a patient’s teeth.

Elastics or Rubber Bands
Elastics or rubber bands can be attached to hooks on the brackets and worn between the upper and lower teeth. They are used to apply pressure to move the upper or lower teeth to achieve a perfect bite.

Contact Winning Orthodontic Smiles at (843) 525-6228 today for more information about braces in Beaufort, South Carolina, and to set up an appointment with our doctor.