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Have you recently had braces recommended for your smile? 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 move the teeth to their correct positions. Brackets can be made from several things, 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. Some patients have brackets and no orthodontic bands. Dr. Michael Emanuel can determine if orthodontic bands are right for you.

Spacers
Spacers may be used to create a slight separation between the teeth so that orthodontic bands can be placed.

Arch Wires
Arch wires guide the movement of the teeth. 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 attach the arch wire to the brackets. The ties can be clear, metal or colored.

Springs
Sometimes springs are placed on the arch wires between the brackets to pull, push, open or close the spaces between the 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 fit.

We encourage you to contact Michael Emanuel DDS PLLC at 718-690-9560 today to learn more about braces in Brooklyn, New York, and to set up an appointment with our orthodontist.