Parts Of Braces: The Wire

The best orthodontist Portland has to offer, Dr. Leemin, is here to help you work on your smile and have beautifully aligned and healthy teeth. As a board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Leemin is passionate about doing everything she can to help transform your life by creating a beautiful smile. Braces allow us to do just that.

Let’s review together everything you should know about your new set of dental braces, starting with the archwire and how it helps realign your teeth. 

What Is an Archwire?

An Archwire is a thin piece of metal, in the case of traditional metal braces, that connects every bracket together and guides the desired movements. The wire gives your braces structural integrity and applies gentle pressure over your teeth to move them gently until they reach the proper position.

Archwires can come in various compositions, shapes, sizes, and thicknesses. There are various types of wires, as they can be square, round, or rectangular. You can expect your orthodontist to switch wires as your treatment progresses, and each will help your upper teeth or bottom teeth become realigned.

Braces Wire Types

There are various types of braces wire we can use for your treatment; however, we’ll focus on three of the most common types: stainless steel, beta-titanium, and nickel-titanium.

Types of Braces

Dr. Leemin, Dr. Handick, and everyone at Hillsdale Orthodontics wishes to help you achieve your treatment goals in the most comfortable way possible. Fortunately, once you come for your first consultation, you’ll get the chance to review everything you need to discuss your current dental health status and what you aim to accomplish with orthodontics.

Even though traditional metal braces are the most reliable treatment option available, they are far from being the only one. Take a look at the types of dental braces you can get with our team when you choose us as your Portland orthodontist.

Metal Braces

Currently, metal braces are the most common option for orthodontic treatment in Portland due to their reliability and effectiveness. Fortunately for everyone, today’s metal braces are much more aesthetically pleasing, as they are sleek and more comfortable than ever before.

Ceramic Braces

Clear ceramic braces follow the same principles as conventional metal ones, but they are made of tooth-colored ceramic materials that help them fix your dental alignment while being much more discreet. Please be careful, as the material is not as durable as stainless steel. Ceramic braces are by no means brittle, but patients have to pay closer attention to a few more details when compared to metal braces.

Lingual Braces

We’re back to stainless steel here, but this is an option that varies significantly from the previous two because the brackets go on the “lingual” surface of your teeth, meaning they go on the back of each tooth and are thus hidden from plain sight. This treatment option marries the efficiency of metal braces and the level of discretion you can only achieve with removable aligners.

Clear Aligners

This is a bit of a cheat because clear aligner trays are not really braces. First of all, aligners are removable appliances; second, they are a single piece made of BPA-free plastic that works under different principles than braces. However, aligners are still an option you should consider for your treatment, and you can ask our team about this solution and how it can help you.

Get in Touch With a Portland Orthodontist

Make sure you get in touch with our team to learn more about the various parts that make your braces so efficient. We will gladly review them all with you during your consultation to help you get a clearer picture of the ways we can fix your smile and keep you comfortable throughout the entire treatment. Give us a call at 503-744-5384 or come to our Portland orthodontic office for more information.

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