• 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.
  • What makes Damon braces better?

    January 07th, 2011

    Probably the biggest advantage of Damon braces over traditional brackets is the amount of time and effort involved. Eichel Orthodontics can often cut months off of the total treatment time for patients using the Damon System, and less visits to our office are necessary to make adjustments.

    In addition, the Damon System brackets are:

    • Cleaner– Damon brackets don’t have the elastic of traditional brackets, and are less prone to all the plaque buildup that your dentist warns you about!
    • Discreet– Damon braces are smaller and have fewer parts than traditional brackets, making them less noticeable and more comfortable.
    • No tightening– With the Damon system, Dr. Eichel can position your teeth and avoid frequent adjustments. This also reduces the need for complicated tooth extractions or surgery.

    If you have been thinking about an orthodontic procedure, give us a call or come see us at Eichel Orthodontics for an assessment to see if the Damon System is right for you!