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Learn More about Orthodontic Health and Procedures

At Orthodontic Associates of Erie in PA, we make sure that you get all the information that you need about the evaluations we conduct and the succeeding treatments we prescribe. For a better understanding of how we treat our patients, browse the articles below. Feel free to get in touch with us for more information.

 

Bands

Bands are rings of metal that are fitted around the molars and premolars. These bands are selected from a range of sizes to find the tightest fitting band. To prevent decalcification as the treatment proceeds, these bands are sealed into position using dental cement containing fluoride.

 

braces bands

Brackets

Brackets hold the arch wire against each tooth. The arch wires fit into slats in the bracket to push each tooth into the new position desired. Brackets can be attached directly to each tooth or to a band.

 

braces brackets

Arch Wire

Arch wires, or main wires, are shaped specifically to fit snugly around the arch into the bracket slats. The pressure pushes teeth into the desired position as the arch wire guides the direction of the movement.

braces archwire

Elastics

Elastics are the tiny rubber rings that fasten the arch wire into the bracket.

 

braces elastics

Hooks

Hooks are the small attachments found in the brackets. These hooks are used to attach the elastics.

 

braces hooks

Coil Springs

The coil springs are fitted between brackets and over the arch wire to allow flexible movement along the braces’ pressure points.

braces coil spring