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Learn About Archwires

Why do we wear wires?

The archwires we wear during our orthodontic treatment use continuous pressure to move your teeth into optimal alignment. It may seem simple, but there is a lot going on. Did you know that our teeth often need more than just restoration? Of course, some teeth need to listen to a little and some need to be angled. Not only in your teeth is better to be others on their side, but they will suit the appropriate teeth below. When your teeth often apply to Jaw closed, called Malocclusion.

How will thread handle all this? The answer is that it is impossible. Therefore, there are different types of fibers. We often use thin, flexible wires at the beginning of treatment to apply light to our teeth as they begin the moving process. Stronger wires can help in other areas when each tooth is properly moved into place. Depending on what they are made of arches can also be round or square, heavy, or thin, flexible, or rigid.

Wire-related problems and how to solve them

Arches do an amazing job of helping us achieve our dream smile, but they are not perfect! We can’t leave without some tips on how to solve any wiring-related problems that may arise during your procedure.

One of the most common problems is the tension of the end of the cable coming out in some way. If this happens, try using a cotton swab to gently push the curtain line against your tooth. If that doesn’t work, orthodontic wax can be used to cover the problem wire end and soften it. We will provide instructions on how to fix these small wiring problems at home.

If you have any other cable-related issues, please submit them to our team first. If your wires come loose or loose ends are causing severe pain or discomfort, call our office. We will give you instructions on how to help and make a notification if this requires a professional solution.

Contact Dr. April Lee at Burlingame Smile Studio we serve Burlingame, CA, Hillsborough, and Millbrae.

(650) 231-2680

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1740 Marco Polo Way Ste 12
Burlingame, California


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