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Malocclusion, or crooked teeth and a misaligned bite, 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, causing an underbite or an overbite. Dr. Dawn A. Wu may recommend braces in Richardson, Texas, if you have malocclusion.

Traditional braces are made of metal. However, for those who are hesitant about wearing metal brackets and wires, we offer cosmetic braces. These braces have brackets and wires that are made from clear or tooth-colored material. During your consultation, discuss your options with our dentist 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 ideal positions. These components include:

Brackets – The brackets are bonded to the front of each tooth or are attached to orthodontic bands. The brackets hold the arch wires in place 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. They achieve the proper fit of individual teeth by moving the upper teeth against the lower teeth.

We welcome you to contact New Smile Dentistry today for more information and to schedule an appointment with our dentist.