Traditional braces use brackets, archwires and ties to move teeth and jaws into their correct position.

  1. Brackets are small square pieces of stainless steel, clear ceramic or plastic that are cemented to teeth during orthodontic treatment.  Each one has a space in the middle, which holds the archwire.

  2. Archwires are flexible stainless steel wires that apply the gentle pressure needed to move teeth and jaws into their correct position.

  3. Ties are chains of small rubber elastics that are used to hold archwires to brackets.

During orthodontic treatment, you will visit our office so that we can monitor your progress and make adjustments to your archwires.