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Types of Braces

If you need orthodontic care or braces in the Denison, Iowa area, Thirty Two & You is the premier option. We’ll fit you with the braces that work best for you, putting you on the path to a straighter, healthier smile.

Traditional (Metal) Braces

Traditional braces consist of the metal brackets and wires that most people associate with “braces.” However, traditional braces are anything but old-fashioned. Improvements in materials and technology have made modern brackets smaller and less noticeable. The arch wires that help move and align the teeth have also been improved, with special technology which allows them to use your body heat to help move your teeth more efficiently and with less discomfort than in the past.

Clear Or Ceramic Braces

Clear or ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, but are designed to be clear or tooth-colored, and are less visible. Tooth colored wires are also available to help them blend in.

Components Of Braces

All braces include three main parts:

  • Brackets: Brackets are attached to the teeth using special glue that bonds them to the tooth surface. Brackets remain attached for the duration of treatment.
  • Archwire: The archwire is the thin metal wire that connects each bracket and puts pressure on the teeth to help guide them into place.
  • Ligature Elastic: Elastics, also referred to as “rubber bands”, are the colored ties that hold the archwires to the brackets. Elastics come in a variety of colors, including clear, and are usually changed at each adjustment visit.