How Braces Work

Orthodontist serving Stapleton, Denver & Nearby Areas of Colorado

On average, parents spend approximately 10 months researching orthodontics before their child gets braces. Whether you’re considering braces for yourself or a family member, Denver orthodontist Dr. Robert Rudman can discuss how treatment will progress and the benefits you can enjoy.

We offer a number of different types of braces for patients in the Denver area. To learn more about how braces work and what to expect, please call Advanced Orthodontic Care at (303) 945-7103 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Rudman sees patients from the Stapleton area, Downtown Denver, and throughout Colorado.

Braces Basics

Dr. Rudman and his staff believe that educating each patient is just as important as quality care and comfort. When you visit our Denver office, we will tell you how the braces you might be wearing work to give you an understanding of the treatment process.

Braces gradually move the teeth through constant pressure. This pressure allows the teeth to move by causing the bone to respond. When the tooth is in its desired position, new bone growth will support the tooth and keep it there.

There are four basic parts to braces:

  • Brackets attached to each tooth
  • A bonding material that attaches the bracket to the tooth’s surface
  • A thin metal arch wire that runs from bracket to bracket and puts pressure on the teeth
  • The ligature elastic or “o-ring,” a rubber band that joins the bracket to the arch wire

Although the basic premise is the same, Advanced Orthodontic Care uses different designs and state-of-the-art technology to improve upon the traditional braces most patients are familiar with.

Bringing Your Braces to the Next Level

By using the latest technology to assess and treat orthodontic needs, we are able to shorten the amount of time you need to take out of your day for appointments. Adjustments to the apparatus also tend to be more comfortable.

The time savings and comfort begin when you first get braces. Instead of painstakingly cementing a bracket to each tooth one by one like most orthodontic offices, Dr. Rudman uses a process known as an RMbond or “indirect bonding.”

With indirect bonding, we take an impression of your teeth and the brackets are applied to a stone model entirely in our lab. The brackets are encapsulated into a custom transfer tray, which is then applied in one single step to your teeth.

The placement of individual brackets could sometimes take up to an hour. With indirect bonding, you can have your braces in place within 15 minutes.

Other technological advances we use for better braces treatment include:

  • Digital X-ray lab: Our on-site laboratory gives Dr. Rudman immediate visual access to a patient’s bite position and the location of tooth roots in the jaw
  • Synergy R brackets: Self-ligating brackets that move teeth more quickly while emitting less friction and force; arch wire takes less time to change, and the brackets have no moveable parts that could bend or break
  • Nitinol wire gauge: Super-elastic alloy wire reacts to changes in body temperature, adjusting quickly to changes in the shape of the dental arch
  • Energy Chain: Used instead of o-rings on braces; works in tandem with Synergy R brackets to close spaces between teeth

Dr. Rudman recognizes that getting braces can be a big step for children and adults alike. To learn more about orthodontic treatment and how braces work, please contact Advanced Orthodontic Care or call (303) 945-7103 today to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Rudman serves patients in Denver and throughout the state of Colorado.