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A 48-year-old member asked:

What do orthodontists do to put braces on?

10 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 40 years experience
Bond: Isolate the teeth to keep them dry, etch as we would for a bonded filling and then bond the bracket.
Dr. Donald Rollofson
Dentistry 46 years experience
They glue them on: Most orthodontic brackets are actually bonded to the teeth after they are cleaned and etched just like dentists do tooth colored fillings.
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Simple procedures: The teeth are prepared to permit the application of braces with composite adhesives. This involves cleaning the teeth and preparing the surface of the tooth so that the adhesive will "stick." braces are then put into position and the adhesive "cures" or sets, often using a bright light unit. Then wires are placed and fixed to position. Viola! not too difficult.
Dr. BHARAT RAKSHAK
Dentistry 39 years experience
For Comfort?: If I am understanding your question correctly, orthodontists provide/ dispense comfort wax to put on the fixed braces to prevent them from cutting or jabbing into your cheeks and gums during the initial stages of treatment. This can be plane or flavored. With clear aligners an orthodontist can provide whitening gels to simultaneously whiten teeth or a remineralizing paste to strengthen the enamel.
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 51 years experience
Acrylic materials: Most of the bonding materials are similar to each other. They are usually some type of acryic, like the material used to bond on fake nails. The first chemical is some type of mild acid to condition the tooth surface. The second a clear resin which attaches to the tooth and the paste on the back of the bracket making a chemical sandwich under the bracket and attached to the roughened tooth surface.
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Composite adhesives: Most commonly, orthodontists today use composite adhesives (like those the dentist uses to fix your front teeth) to hold braces to the front surfaces of your teeth. These adhesives are designed specifically for this purpose.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Orthodontists use training, skill, experience, and space age composite bonding material similar to the composite used to hold the heat shield tiles onto the space shuttle. It's very similar to the filling materials your General Dentist uses to repair a tooth damaged by decay..
Dr. BHARAT RAKSHAK
Dentistry 39 years experience
For Comfort?: If I am understanding your question correctly, orthodontists provide/ dispense comfort wax to put on the fixed braces to prevent them from cutting or jabbing into your cheeks and gums during the initial stages of treatment. This can be plane or flavored. With clear aligners an orthodontist can provide whitening gels to simultaneously whiten teeth or a remineralizing paste to strengthen the enamel.
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 16 years experience
Braces: It's a simple and painless procedure. We use a material called etch to clean the teeth and prepare the glue to stick to the teeth. Then we put glue on the tooth and the back of the brace and then put the brace on the tooth. To harden the glue we use a bright light. Then put the wires in your braces.
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 51 years experience
Easy: Basically the same process as adding fake fingernails. First microscopically roughen the tooth with a mild acid for 30 seconds. Then adda coat of sealer (clear nail polish) and then place the bond on the tooth with the adhesive material in between. Most of us a curing light to set up the adhesive for 10-20 seconds and you're done. Place the wires into the brackets and you're ready to go.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

How do they put braces on?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Same way...: Same way two porcupines make love, very carefully. In all seriousness the answer to your question is plastic. The orthodontist uses a partially filled resin bonding material between the back of the "brace" and the tooth surface. It's actually a second cousin to the material used to hold the heat shield tiles onto the space shuttle.
Last updated Oct 8, 2021

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