Welcome to Straight Talk the blog page of Kruse Orthodontics. My name is Marty and some of you may know me as one of the assistants you see when you come to your appointment. The first topic of discussion is BRACES. After all, that is why we are all here. Most patients start orthodontic treatment with a vague understanding of braces. Hopefully, this post will give KruseOrtho patients a better understanding of braces and what the actual components are.
Brackets – these are the small metal (or ceramic) pieces that are attached to the teeth with orthodontic glue. This is the handle that allows tooth movement. At KruseOrtho, we use Damon brackets. You can get more information on this type of bracket by visiting www.damonbraces.com .
Bands – sometimes, small rings are placed around teeth instead of brackets on teeth. They also serve as a handle. Usually, bands are cemented because better anchorage is required for an appliance attachment or a bracket just will not stick to the tooth surface.
Arch wires – these are the wires that run through all the brackets of either the upper or lower set (arch) of teeth. The wires are actually what move the teeth.line them up. At KruseOrtho we use wires that apply light continuous forces so treatment is slow and steady and usually quite comfortable.
Ormolasts (colors)- these are small colored rubber bands that go around individual brackets to allow the patient to personalize their braces. Damon brackets do not require ormolasts and in fact, the clear Damon brackets do not allow for placement of ormolasts, so if you want colors make sure to request metal braces.
Elastics – these are the dreaded rubber bands. Elastics are used to make the top and bottom teeth fit together properly. Rubber bands stretch from the top to the bottom arch and the patient is given detailed instructions on how to wear them.
This is a brief description of braces. Future blogs will provide information about expanders, Herbst/Forsus appliances, TADS, retainers, and a host of other topics. If you have any suggestions for future topics, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit the KruseOrtho blog page frequently.