Most people who need orthodontic work will have braces at some point.

Braces work by using brackets and wires to slowly move teeth into their ideal positions. Brackets are bonded to the surface of teeth, while the wires are threaded through the brackets. These two things work together to guide your teeth into place. During appointments, we will tighten and adjust the wires to allow for proper tooth movement. We also frequently use elastics to assist in the process.

Bonus: Braces today are a lot smaller and sleeker than they used to be, allowing them to be more comfortable. This also makes the adjustment period much easier.

There are three main types of braces:

Fixed vs. Removable?

There are two main types of appliances that we use at Sycamore Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry to help straighten your teeth — fixed and removable. As implied by the name, fixed appliances stay in your mouth for the entire duration of treatment. Removable appliances, such as Invisalign, are kept in your mouth for about 22 hours each day. These should only be removed when you eat, drink and brush your teeth.

The Next Step

Are you ready to learn more about braces?

Call our Sycamore, IL office at (815) 895-7660.

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