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Brackets

Are the handles on the teeth.The bracket is what moves the tooth into place. A bracket is glued on each tooth. The arch wire fits tightly in a slot in the bracket causing the tooth to move into place over time. If a bracket should break off of the tooth, call as soon as possible for an appointment.

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Arch wires

A horse shoe shaped wire, shaped specifically to fit around the teeth and is tied into bracket slots with an elastic tie. Teeth move from the pressure that is applied on the brackets by the arch wires. The arch wire provides a gentle pressure which guides the direction of movement of the teeth. Please call immediately if your arch wire becomes mis-shapen or begins to poke you.

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Elastic Ties

Small elastic ties are used to tie the arch wire into the bracket. These ties come in an assortment of colors allowing for personalization of your braces. You can change your colors at each appointment.

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Orthodontic Springs

In some cases springs are placed on the arch wire between brackets. This is done to open space for a tooth to erupt or make room for a tooth to move into place. Sometimes the springs can break, call immediately if the spring feels any different.

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Elastics

Elastics are commonly used to correct a bite discrepancy: ie. fix your overbite or under-bite. Elastics are a small rubber band that hooks from the top teeth to the bottom teeth. Elastics are to be worn 24 hrs. a day 7 days a week unless otherwise instructed. Failure to wear elastics as instructed can delay treatment.

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Molar Bands

Molar bands are a small metal band that is fit around your molars. These are used if a molar has a crown on it and a bracket cannot be glued to the tooth. Bands are fit specifically to the tooth and is sealed in with a dental cement. Bands also provide Las Cruces for habit appliances when needed.

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Seperators

Seperators are small blue rubber rings that are placed between your back molars to open space between molars. This is done to allow room for a band to be placed on a molar.

Get Clear Braces in Las Cruces, NM

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Clear Braces

When seeking orthodontic treatment, the word “invisible” has rarely been used to describe braces. Historically, clear braces have been made out of ceramic or plastic materials. These are great materials; however, due to tooth enamel variation in shade, translucency, and color, not all ceramic or plastic braces may blend perfectly with your teeth. Radiance braces are made from a sapphire material that can pick up the changes in the tooth shades to more effectively blend in with your teeth.

 

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Radiance Brackets

Las Cruces Orthodontics offers clear braces as an alternative to metal braces. Radiance braces are not the same as other clear braces. They’re made from pure sapphire, a material second only to diamonds for hardness, clarity, and brilliance. Radiance braces are crystal clear and better able to blend in with your teeth than other types of braces. Offering you the esthetics of a translucent jewel while ensuring the highest level of safety and reliability, Radiance is a beautiful choice for patients who would like an esthetic alternative to metal braces. Empower-Clear braces are also available that as an added benefit to the radiance brackets do not require ties that can sometimes fade or stain. They are clear with a small metal clip that is self-ligating that allows the braces to appear new throughout treatment (see the self-ligating section below to see a picture of the empower-c braces).  The self-ligating technology also allows less friction between the wire and the braces to allow teeth to move as quickly and painlessly as possible.

 

Metal Braces

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Metal Braces

Metal braces (stainless steel) are the most popular type of braces used throughout the country. If you choose metal braces for your treatment plan, Las Cruces Smiles Orthodontics utilizes the most comfortable, efficient, and technologically advanced metal braces available. With metal braces patients enjoy having different colors placed on their braces as a means of personal expression and fun. Your colors can easily be changed at every appointment to coordinate with your outfit, friends, holidays, or whatever colors you feel in the mood for.

 

Color Wheel

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Ask us to see our color wheel to mix and match different colors for your braces. We have a large variety of colors ranging from discreet colors such as clear and silver to bright colors such as hot pink and tangerine.

 

Self-Ligating Braces

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Self Ligating brackets use the latest technology to reduce friction to allow teeth to move as quickly and painlessly as possible. Empower braces made by American Orthodontics not only use self-ligating technology but are also made in the USA. They are available in both traditional metal and in clear for the upper teeth and the lower front teet.