Are you here because you want to learn more about braces and how they can help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile? Braces are fixed orthodontic appliances that are attached to the teeth. To learn more, watch this educational video by experienced Buffalo orthodontist Dr. Dominic Colarusso Jr.
Braces are appliances that are attached to the teeth, culminating in a band that surrounds the rear molars. Years ago, bands were placed around every tooth, but brackets that were bonded to the teeth eventually supplanted this design. Due to their rigidity, braces are called fixed orthodontic appliances.
These brackets and bands all have slots that hold the wires in place. Each bracket and band has a specific prescription designed for that tooth, allowing the orthodontist to control each tooth in three dimensions—three planes of space—with the use of a wire.
Rectangular wires are used to level and align the individual arches of both the upper and the lower teeth. Patients can also wear elastics or rubber bands to coordinate the maxilla and the mandible.
Orthodontists Associates of Western New York is proud to offer braces for all ages throughout Buffalo, Lancaster, Olean, Hamburg, Orchard Park, and Dunkirk, East Aurora, and Niagara Falls New York. If you are considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or a loved one, please contact one of our 7 convenient orthodontic offices to arrange a free consultation.
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