Elements of Braces
July 27th, 2012
When coming to our office to have braces put on, you may find yourself feeling a bit intimated and nervous about the experience. We hope to help you feel more at ease by explaining exactly what the different parts of braces are, and what they do.
Parts of Braces
- Elastic Tie — This is a very small rubber band, and it holds the archwire in place.
- Archwire — This is the main part of the braces. It is a wire guide that tracks the teeth. The wire may be moved from time to time during treatment to continue straightening a patient’s teeth.
- Loop in Archwire — This is not in all braces. If it is used, it is to close a gap left from a tooth extraction.
- Bracket — This piece of equipment holds the archwire in place. Formerly, many patients used colored rubber bands to keep the brackets in place, but now since most brackets are cemented on, this is no longer necessary.
- Headgear Tube — This is a hollow area near the back bands, which allows the headgear to fit into the braces. This is only used on patients who require headgear.
- Coil Spring — If needed, this would fit between a bracket and the main archwire. Its purpose is to open up the space between the teeth. This is not necessarily used on all patients.
- Tie Wire — This is another piece of equipment that is used to keep the archwire in place. It is a thin wire that wraps around the bracket.
- Band — This is a metal band that fits completely around a tooth. It is used to help adhere brackets to the tooth.
- Hook — This is the piece of equipment that is used to attach the elastics, also known as rubber bands, around the bracket.
- Elastic — These elastics are used to connect one point of the appliance to another. The purpose is to apply pressure, and encourage the teeth to move into the proper positioning.By defining each appliance we hope you or your child will be less apprehensive about getting braces put on. At the end of your treatment, you will have a bright, straight smile to show off to all of your friends.
Ask Dr. Eichel: What can I expect during my complimentary consultation?
August 18th, 2011
When you first come in for your complimentary consultation, you will get the opportunity to meet our team, as well as, learn more about orthodontics.
Dr. David Eichel will conduct a comprehensive examination to assess your oral health. This will better enable us to determine the best treatment method for you. It will also consist of an oral and facial examination to assess your oral health. Dr. Eichel will have you take intraoral and facial photographs as well as X-rays to help determine the proper orthodontic treatment method.
We will discuss your treatment options with you and help you create a customized treatment plan. At this time, we will talk with you about all financial information, insurance options, and payment plans.
Schedule a complimentary consultationtoday. We look forward to hearing from you!
On September 6th, Eichel Orthodontics is moving to NEW location!
August 04th, 2011
Eichel Orthodontics is proud to announce that we will be relocating to a NEW office on September 6, 2011. Our new location wil be 8050 Hosbrook Road, Suite #310 in Kenwood, (located 2 miles South on Montgomery Road from our current office, right on Hosbrook Road, building 8050, Suite #310). Please give our office a call if you have any questions.
We look forward to seeing you at our new location!
Orthodontic FUN Facts!
July 14th, 2011
Everyone loves fun facts. Fun, fun, fun! The American Association of Orthodontists,or AAO, has come up with some fun facts about orthodontics that our team at Eichel Orthodontics thought you might enjoy.
- There are nearly 4 million people in orthodontic treatment throughout the United States. Three out of four are younger than 18.
- The first mechanical treatment for correcting irregular teeth was suggested by Gaius Plinius Secundus (A.D 23-79).
- The American Association of Orthodontists is comprised of more than 12,000 members in the United States, Canada and abroad.
- The time required to complete orthodontic treatment ranges from 12 to 36 months depending on the nature and severity of the problem.
- Of the 160,000 dentists in the United States and Canada, 8,000 are practicing orthodontists.
- The cement that attaches the braces to the teeth is now made with a special fluoride-releasing substance.
- Wires activated by body heat used in today’s braces originally were developed by NASA for use in the space program.
- In addition to alleviating or preventing physical health problems, orthodontics can boost self-esteem as treatment aligns teeth, jaws and lips.
- Famous orthodontic patients include: Dr. Joyce Brothers, Hale Irwin, Cher, Diana Ross, Phyllis Diller, Chelsea Clinton, Whoopi Goldberg, Daisy Fuentes and Brandi.
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