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Do you have crooked teeth or a bad bite? Ask Dr. James B. Macomson about how braces in Gastonia, North Carolina, can help you. Do not think that since you did not have your teeth straightened as a child that it is too late. Braces can help children, teens, and adults alike!

Braces are can be made from different materials. Traditional braces are made of metal. However, for those who are hesitant about wearing metal brackets and wires, we offer cosmetic braces. These braces have brackets and wires that are made from clear or tooth-colored material. During your consultation, discuss your options with our orthodontist to find the best treatment for you.

Braces apply continuous pressure over time to gently move the teeth in the desired direction. There are many components involved in making the movement of the teeth possible.

Brackets: The brackets are bonded to the front of each tooth or are attached to orthodontic bands. The brackets hold the arch wires in place that move the teeth.

Elastics or rubber bands: Elastics or rubber bands can also be attached to hooks on the brackets and worn between the upper and lower teeth. This applies pressure and moves the upper teeth against the lower teeth to achieve an ideal fit for individual teeth.

Stainless Steel Orthodontic Bands: These wrap around each tooth, attached to this band is the orthodontic bracket. These are used where indicated, “Usually on the back molars for added anchorage”.

Arch wires: These are usually made of alloys of various type of steel including titanium.

For more information and to schedule a consultation, contact our office today.