As Orthodontists, we are often asked, “what are braces made of?” and, “how do they work?” The answer is actually fairly easy, because braces are made up of two main components:
These two items work together to apply the proper amount of force, pressure, and tension required to straighten teeth (for more info, click here). Because there are many different types of brackets and archwires that are used, it’s important to do your research before selecting an orthodontist. In this blog, you will learn what braces are made of at Cardinal Orthodontics, and the benefits of using our brackets and archwires.
Improvements to technology, functionality, and design of brackets and archwires have been ongoing since 1909!
Cardinal Orthodontics is located in both Webster Groves, MO and Ballwin, MO; suburban communities of St. Louis. At Cardinal, our braces are made of high-tech, medical grade brackets and archwires. The braces we use require less appointments and provide increased comfort to our patients.
Stainless steel, alloy braces (metal braces) are made of combined components like carbon, aluminum, silicon, molybdenum, nickel, and chromium. Chromium is added in order to make the bracket resistant to rust.
Brackets that are made of stainless steel alloy are very strong and come with greater corrosion resistance.
Ceramic braces are made with combined components like plastic, porcelain, clay, and glass. This is what makes this type of bracket more transparent and clear in appearance.
Common misconceptions made about clear, ceramic brackets is that they will turn yellow/stain, and that they may not straighten your teeth as effectively as traditional metal braces. The only true downside to going with ceramic versus metal braces, is that they’re more susceptible to breaking when being removed. This is due to the fragile components that they are comprised of.
Both metal and ceramic braces options at Cardinal orthodontics are “self-ligating”. This means, the bracket has a built in clip that holds the wire in place.
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