What are Braces?

We are emBRACing the basics with today’s word of the day: BRACE.

BRACE is defined as device that clamps things tightly together or that gives support.

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BRACES are just that for your teeth. Individual BRACES are (temporarily) cemented to each tooth by an orthodontist. There are three main components of each orthodontic BRACE:

  • Base: flat surface that sits on the tooth
  • Slot: opening in the middle where the wire sits
  • Wings: four arms that hold the tie that keeps the wire in place

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BRACES come in two color choices silver or clear. Silver braces are easily recognizable and used my the majority of patients. Clear braces offer a more attractive option and usually cannot be seen in pictures of patients wearing them.

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Braces have come far in the past decades are more comfortable and attractive than ever. There’s no need to dread the pain and suffering of getting orthodontic treatment anymore!

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