All About Braces in Greensboro & High Point
Braces are an orthodontic appliance that applies gentle force to the teeth, shifting them into better positions over time.
This aligns the teeth and jaws and increases your oral health, giving you a functional smile that looks great and feels good, too. Here are some common questions we get from patients in Greensboro and High Point.
When many people think of braces, they think of extremely bulky metal brackets.
At Davis & Goldberg Orthodontics, we don't use this type of bulky orthodontic appliance, and our metal braces are smaller, lighter, and more comfortable to wear than ever before.
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The brackets, composed of a resilient blend of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals, are exceptionally durable.
Each bracket features small doors with threaded wire, securing it in place.
Elastic bands play a crucial role in bite correction. They're typically stretched between upper and lower bracket hooks, exerting force to realign an overbite or underbite.
This slender metal wire runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Goldberg, Dr. Davis, or Dr. Seitz will skillfully adjust and curve the wire to guide your teeth in the desired direction.
In many cases, the wire connects all your upper or lower teeth together. However, we may occasionally trim the wire if connecting only a few teeth is more beneficial for your treatment plan.
Orthodontic bands are stainless steel rings that are securely cemented to your teeth using dental bonding agents. These bands can provide stability for your braces and other orthodontic appliances, although they may not be required for every patient.
These small elastic "donuts" or rings are used when creating space between your teeth becomes necessary. They are also referred to as separators.
We'll need to use elastics if you need to correct your bite. We may use rubber bands for many different situations, especially when we want to put extra pressure on the teeth or jaws.
They are generally strung between an upper bracket hook and a lower bracket hook. This will pull the upper jaw backward to correct an overbite, or the lower jaw back to correct an underbite.