Metal braces are the most common type of braces Dr. Rigsby offers our Pensacola orthodontic patients. Our new rhodium-coated metal braces have changed the game when it comes to aesthetic orthodontic care. The look of rhodium-coated braces falls between traditional metal braces and clear braces, making them perfect for patients who need traditional orthodontic treatment but still want a cosmetic option.
Parts of Braces
Traditional metal braces are made of high quality stainless steel or titanium before being coated in rhodium. The three main parts of your braces are:
- Brackets, which are attached to the teeth using special glue that bonds them to the tooth surface and holds them in place.
- Archwires, which are the thin metal wire that connects each bracket and puts pressure on the teeth to help guide them into their straightened positions.
- Ligature elastics (also known as the “rubber bands”), which hold the archwires to the brackets. Dr. Rigsby will change the elastics at each appointment. Elastics may come in a variety of colors.
How Braces Work
Once placed on your teeth, braces place constant pressure on your teeth, and the force of the pressure helps move teeth into proper position. When you visit our Pensacola or Crestview orthodontic offices for adjustment appointments, Dr. Rigsby may tighten the archwires. If you have malocclusion as well as crooked teeth, you may need to wear rubber bands, functional appliances, or headgear. Dr. Rigsby will explain what treatments you will need during your initial consultation.
Metal Braces for All Ages
Traditional metal braces are still the most popular, quickest, and most cost-effective orthodontic treatment available, and when coated with rhodium, aesthetic as well. Dr. Rigsby can help you determine what treatment is best for your individual case. Please contact our main Pensacola office, our satellite Pensacola office, or our Crestview office to schedule an appointment and learn more about how braces can enhance your smile.