To straighten teeth and improve your smile, gentle force needs to be applied to your teeth to move them into the correct position. Traditional braces, also known as buccal braces, use a combination of brackets, archwires and small elastic bands to apply gentle force to your teeth.
How do buccal braces work?
If your orthodontist has recommended buccal braces as the most beneficial orthodontic treatment for you, the treatment process will begin by having individual brackets fitted to the front surface of your teeth. Orthodontic technology has come a long way in recent years so these brackets are small and relatively comfortable to wear.
The next stage is having a thin wire, usually made of stainless steel or titanium alloy and known as an archwire, threaded through these brackets. This archwire will be tightened by your orthodontist throughout the course of treatment to guide your teeth into position. It will also move gradually with the help from small elastic bands which are fitted to some of the back brackets.
Types of buccal braces
Buccal braces use two different types of brackets:
Metal brackets: Most metal brackets are made from stainless steel, making them both strong and durable, though they still need to be taken care of. Because they are made from metal, they are obvious on your teeth, but are much smaller than they used to be.
Ceramic brackets: The second type of brackets used for buccal braces are made from clear ceramic material. This allows them to blend in with the natural colour of your teeth, making them much more discreet.
Both types of brackets are very effective in moving your teeth into position.
Benefits of buccal braces
- Proven effective method of orthodontic treatment
- Strong and durable to withstand duration of treatment
- Relatively easy to clean
- Cheapest orthodontic appliance available
- Discreet ceramic option available