Many modern straight wire braces are now made of a nickel-titanium alloy, which adjusts to your body temperature. At room temperature, these wires are extremely flexible and easy to place on your brackets. As the metal warms, the wire becomes active to gradually move your teeth. Because they require less attention, these high-tech straight wires are commonly used today.
Mix and Match
Just because the straight wire is made of metal doesn't mean you're limited to metal brackets. There are several variations of straight wire braces that can be used with any type of bracket system, including clear and gold braces. Your dentist or orthodontist may also combine your treatment with other orthodontic techniques to achieve the desired results. For example, springs or headgear may be added to your spring wire braces to orrect an overbite or underbite.
Fix It and Forget About It
Like with many other types of dental braces, you will need to visit your dental office every four to six weeks to have your straight wire braces adjusted. During your appointment, your dentist will change the elastic bands that hold your spring wire in place. These bands can weaken over time, lessening the pressure the straight wire is applying to your teeth. You may need your straight wire replaced during the course of your dental treatment as well.
Straight wire dental braces are not a quick fix. On average, it takes about one to two years to straighten your teeth. But if you follow your orthodontic treatment as planned, your crooked teeth may just be a fading memory. If you're interested in speaking with a dentist, call us at 1-866-970-9853. We'll help you find a great dentist near you!