A Traditional & Trusted Approach
Modern metal braces in Tucker and Marietta are more comfortable than ever, so you don’t have to feel nervous about beginning your treatment with Duo Orthodontics.
Tucker & Marietta Braces
Compared to other orthodontic treatments, braces have been proven to yield better results over the long term when it comes to complex corrections.
Braces are versatile and can be used to correct mild to severe cases of crooked teeth, misaligned jaws, and various other issues.
They’re also suitable for children because they are not removed easily, meaning you can count on your child’s mouth benefitting from treatment for a full 24 hours daily.
The Braces Process
After we’ve decided if braces are right for you, we‘ll start your treatment process. A standard case usually looks like this:
- We’ll take photographic scans and X-rays of your mouth for planning purposes.
- Once we create your plan, your orthodontist will place your brackets and archwires.
- You will visit our office every month for orthodontic adjustments and progress checks.
- Treatment will typically last around one to two years before we remove your brackets and give you a retainer.
The Benefits of Braces
The most obvious benefit of orthodontic treatment is a noticeably straighter, more aligned smile. This will improve your oral health and give your self-confidence a major boost!
Straight teeth are much easier to clean to prevent cavities, and a well-aligned bite puts less stress on the teeth, so they don’t wear down abnormally fast.
What Are Braces Made of?
At Duo Orthodontics, metal braces are the top orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages. These orthodontic workhorses have a long history of successful treatment and are great at correcting many oral issues.
Metal braces can work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other treatments, potentially shortening your treatment time. They’re a cost-effective option because they don’t require some of the more complex technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments do.
We don’t use the painful headgear and the tight steel wires of yesteryear.
Dr. Nick uses orthodontic treatments that are more comfortable than ever, thanks to the advancements in the size, shape, and overall comfort of braces.
Modern braces are smaller, more comfortable, and more attractive. Metal braces are built from high-grade stainless steel and are the most common type of braces you’ll see.
Brackets are bonded to the front of each tooth and connected by an archwire, helping to guide your teeth where Dr. Nick wants them to move.
Dr. Nick uses durable brackets made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals.
Brackets have little hooks or doors where Dr. Nick will thread a wire. We can then secure the bracket by closing the door or placing an elastic over the top of the wire.
Dr. Nick will use this to attach the brackets to your teeth. It’s common to attach the bracket directly to the tooth with glue.
This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Nick will change the shape and curvature of the wire to move your teeth in the right direction.
The wire will often attach all of your bottom or upper teeth together. We might occasionally cut the wire if connecting just a few teeth is better for your treatment plan.
If Dr. Nick determines that you need bite correction, elastics are essential. They’re generally strung between an upper and lower bracket hook.
This will pull the upper jaw backward to correct an overbite or the lower jaw back to correct an underbite. We may use rubber bands for many situations, especially when we want to put extra pressure on the teeth or jaws.
These are stainless steel rings that are cemented to your teeth using dental bonding agents that provide an anchor for your braces and orthodontic appliances. Dr. Nick will determine if your treatment will benefit from orthodontic bands at your initial consultation.
Dr. Nick can use these small elastic “donuts” or rings to create space between your teeth when needed, typically before bands are placed. They’re also referred to as separators.