Tried & True
Orthodontic Treatment

Traditional braces have been around for a long time, and they’re probably the most recognizable symbol of orthodontics in Clinton, Madison, and the surrounding area.

 

All About Moffett & Walley Orthodontics Braces

These orthodontic workhorses have a long history of successful treatment and are great at correcting many oral issues. At Moffett & Walley Orthodontics, metal braces continue to be the top orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages.

They can work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other treatments might, which can potentially shorten your treatment time!

Metal braces are a cost-effective option because they don’t require some of the more complex technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments do.

Modern braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive. Metal braces are built from high-grade stainless steel and are the most common type of braces you’ll see.

Brackets are bonded to the front of each tooth and connect to one another by an archwire, helping to guide your teeth where your orthodontist wants them to move.

Metal Braces FAQ

What Are Braces Made of?

These key terms will help you understand every aspect of your braces treatment!

Appliance

Anything that is attached to your teeth that moves your teeth or corrects your bite.

Archwire

A wire engaged in orthodontic attachments that’s affixed to the crowns of two or more teeth and it also guides the direction of tooth movement.

Band (Orthodontic)

A thin metal ring, usually stainless steel, which serves to secure orthodontic attachments to a tooth. The band is closely adapted to fit the contours of the tooth and then cemented into place.

Bracket

An orthodontic attachment made of metal, ceramic, or plastic that holds the archwire against each tooth. The archwire fits into a slot in the bracket. Brackets may be attached directly to each tooth or to a band.

Ceramic Brackets

Crystalline, alumina, tooth-shade, or clear synthetic sapphire brackets that are aesthetically more attractive than conventional metal attachments.

Chain

An elastic chain that’s used to hold the archwires onto the brackets.

Coil Spring

The coil spring fits between brackets and over the archwire.

Debanding

The removal of cemented orthodontic bands.

Elastics (Rubber Bands)

A tiny rubber ring that ties the archwire into the bracket, offered in numerous colors for a personalized appearance.

Fixed Retainer

A permanent retainer that is bonded to the back side of the front teeth to keep the teeth from shifting from their new position.

Habit Appliance

An appliance designed to deter thumb or finger sucking habits.

Headgear

Generic term for extraoral traction (attached around the back side of the head) for growth modification, tooth movement and anchorage.

Herbst Appliance

Fixed or removable appliance commonly used for overbite problems.

Impressions

An imprint or mold of the teeth used to design a customized orthodontic treatment plan.

Interceptive Treatment

Interceptive treatment, also known as early treatment, is limited orthodontic treatment usually performed between the ages of 6 and 10. This phase of treatment makes future orthodontic treatment faster and less invasive.

Lingual Appliance

Orthodontic appliances fixed to the interior (tongue) side of teeth.

MARA Appliance

A growth appliance that helps correct overbites by positioning the patient's lower jaw forward.

Maxillary

Of or pertaining to the upper jaw. May be used to describe teeth, dental restorations, orthodontic appliances or facial structures.

Mouthguard

A mouthpiece that is tailored to provide protection to the braces and teeth while the patient is playing a sport.

Palatal Expander

Attached to the upper molars through bonding or by cemented bands, the palatal expander is used to create a wider space in the upper jaw.

Radiograph

A permanent image, typically on film, produced by ionizing radiation. Sometimes called an X-ray after the most common source of image-producing radiation.

Retainer

Any orthodontic appliance, fixed or removable, used to maintain the position of the teeth following corrective treatment.

Separator (Spacer)

Small elastics that fit snugly between certain teeth to move them slightly so bands can be placed around them later.

Wax

Patients are instructed to place wax over a bracket or poking wire that is causing irritation to the lip or cheek.