These are stainless steel rings that are cemented to your teeth using dental bonding agents. These bands can provide an anchor for your braces and orthodontic appliances, but they’re not used for everyone.
These small elastic “donuts” or rings can be used to create space in between your teeth when needed, typically before bands are placed. They’re also referred to as separators.
These tiny rubber rings or bands are used to attach the archwire to the brackets. They are less rigid than spacers and come in dozens of colors.
Metal Braces FAQ
At Zeifman Orthodontics, we use Damon Braces for our metal braces. Damon Self-Ligating Braces are similar to traditional braces – they're metal brackets designed to straighten teeth.
(You can also get clear ceramic brackets). Unlike traditional braces, Damon braces don't use elastics. Instead, Damon braces use specialized clips, and that means you'll come to our office fewer times for adjustments.
They Look Better & Work Better
Aesthetics aren’t the only benefit. Because the wire’s slide mechanism doesn’t require ties, you don’t need to come into our office as frequently to have elastics changed and adjustments made – the high-tech memory wire will continue to move your teeth between appointments. No elastics also means less friction and less area for plaque to collect, a definite plus in terms of dental hygiene.
Studies show some patients with Damon braces may finish their treatment more quickly – as much as six months sooner than they would with traditional braces.
As with traditional braces, you’ll be fitted with a retainer to wear after your Damon braces are removed so that your teeth maintain their new alignment.