How do braces straighten crooked teeth?

Smiling Girl with Braces

Braces use constant, gentle pressure, which over time, move teeth into their proper positions. Your braces are at work every moment of your orthodontic treatment. The two main components of your braces are: the brackets that are placed on your teeth and the main archwire that connects them. The bracket is a piece of shaped metal or ceramic that we affix to each tooth. The archwire is bent to reflect your “ideal” bite. In other words, it reflects the way we want you to look after treatment.

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Types of Braces Overview

For a brief narrated overview of the different types of braces, please click on the image below. It will launch our flash educational Module in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about different types of braces.

Types of Braces Overview
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The wire threads through the brackets and, as the wire tries to return to its original shape, it applies pressure to move your teeth. Picture your tooth resting in your jaw bone. With pressure on one side from the archwire, the bone on the other side gives way. The tooth moves. New bone grows in behind.

Attached to your braces, elastics (rubber bands) exert the proper force that creates the right amount of pressure to move teeth. In order for this force to remain constant, elastics must be worn all the time and changed every day.

Different Types of Braces

Metal braces are the most popular with kids and teenagers. They love using different colors of ligature ties. These braces are much smaller than ever before.

Self-ligating metal brackets reduce friction between brackets and wires by eliminating use of ligature ties. Thus, it can reduce total treatment time.

Translucent clear ceramic braces are the most popular with adults. You have to be very close to someone to be able to see them. Yet, because they are a ceramic material, they are more fragile.

Color Picker

Click on the image below to launch the braces color picker. It will launch our module in a separate window and may help you select which colors you'd like your braces to be.

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Instructions: Click on a color, then click either directly on the teeth or on one of the tooth selections to change the color.

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Awesome atmosphere, always willing to help. Dr. Michael really takes the time to explain procedures and has a true passion for his line of work. He goes above and beyond your expectations. Everyone should choose Hilgers young and old. After the experience with my daughter and her 2 phases of treatments my fiancé decided to get braces too.

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WE LOVE HILGERS! Our kids were both in braces at pretty much the same time and the whole process couldn't have been better! We are so thankful our family dentist recommended them to us. The staff totally ROCKS - everyone is so incredibly helpful and friendly and never too busy to stop and answer a question. They were also very accommodating when it came time to scheduling any appointments - always tried to make it convenient for us and our hectic schedules. I love it now when people tell me "your kids have such beautiful smiles" and I thank them. If anyone asks me to recommend a good orthodontist or where my kids went I gladly tell them Hilgers! Thanks for everything.

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My new Hilgers smile has changed my life! I have been given me an incredible confidence, and the process was enjoyable due to the friendliness of the staff and Dr. Hilger's expertise!

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Great experience from start to finish. My daughter always looked forward to her ortho appointment. Extremely friendly staff!

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My daughter and I had a great experience at Hilgers Orthodotics from the beginning to the end of her treatment. The Dr. and staff walked us through the process they always took the time to answer all of our questions with patience and care. Thank You, Hilgers Orthodontics for the confidence you given to my daughter. Now she's so happy to show her beautiful smile.. I highly recommend Hilgers Orthodontics they will provide you with excellent care and amazing results!

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