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Q: Will I need to wear rubber bands?

A: Rubber bands help to correct your bite. Dr. O'Day can move your teeth in each arch to level and align them with the braces and arch wires. It's the constant light force of the rubber bands (that you change a few times each day) that work to mesh your teeth together and slide them along your arch wire.

Q: What do the colored ties do?

A: The colored ties that patients get to choose at each visit serve three purposes. First, they are placed around each brace to hold your wire in the slot of each bracket. Secondly, they act as a buffer around the edges of the brackets to make them more comfortable to your lips and cheeks. Lastly, they help you to show your team spirit or add to the latest holiday celebration with your awesome color choices!

Q: Are ceramic brackets as effective as regular metal braces?