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Malocclusion is a common issue. Some people’s teeth come in crooked, overlapping, or crowded. This may occur when a person’s mouth is too small for their teeth. Individuals may also have gapped teeth. Other times, a person may have upper and lower jaws that aren’t the same size or that did not form correctly. This can cause an overbite or an underbite. If you have malocclusion, our orthodontists may recommend braces in Gallup, New Mexico.

Braces are can be made from different materials. Traditional braces are made of metal, but cosmetic braces are available for those who are worried about aesthetics. These braces have brackets and wires that are made from clear or tooth-colored material. During your consultation, discuss your options with our orthodontists to find the best treatment for you.

Braces use several components to apply continuous pressure over a period of time to move the teeth to their proper positions. These components include:

Brackets – The brackets are bonded to the front of each tooth or are attached to orthodontic bands. The brackets anchor the arch wires that move the teeth.

Orthodontic bands – These bands wrap around each tooth to anchor the brackets in place. They are not used for all patients. Some individuals have brackets and no bands.

Arch wires – Arch wires attach to the brackets and guide the teeth to their ideal positions.

Ligatures – These tiny rubber bands hold the arch wires to the brackets.

Elastics or rubber bands – These are attached to hooks on the brackets and worn between the upper and lower teeth to achieve proper fit of individual teeth.

We welcome you to contact Ortho*Dental, Inc. today to learn more and to schedule a visit with our orthodontists.