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BRACES 101: The different parts of your braces — Tipton Orthodontics

Not only is it important to know how your braces work, but also should you ever need to call our office in case you sustain any damage to your braces, we can help you more effectively if you can tell us exactly which piece is in trouble! Here’s a handy diagram and corresponding list of all the parts that make up your braces.

Elastic Tie: Tiny rubber band that fits around the bracket to hold the archwire in place.

Archwire: The main wire that acts as a track to guide the teeth along. It’s changed periodically throughout treatment, as teeth move to their new positions.

Loop in Archwire: Frequently used for closing space left by an extraction. Many archwires don’t have a loop.

Bracket: Small attachment that holds the archwire in place. Most often, a bracket is cemented directly onto the tooth’s surface, eliminating the need for a band.

Headgear Tube: Round, hollow attachment on the back bands. The inner bow of the headgear fits into it.

Coil Spring: Fits between brackets and over archwire to open space between teeth.

Tie Wire: Fine wire that is twisted around the bracket to hold the archwire in place.

Band: A thin ring of metal fitted around a tooth and cemented in place. The band provides a way to attach the brackets to the tooth.

Hook: Welded or removable arm to which elastics (rubber bands) are attached.

Elastic (Rubber Band): Small rubber band that is hooked between different points on the appliance to provide pressure to move the teeth.

Call us at Tipton Orthodontics if you have any questions about your braces or want to see if treatment is right for you.


Dr. Tipton Patient Reviews

Tipton Orthodontics provides the latest most-advanced technology to achieve optimal results in minimal time. Just see what his patients are saying!!teens_laptopDr. Tipton is very kind and never seems rushed. He gives you the time and attention you deserve. That is very rare these days from a dentist or doctor.
-Kimberly D.

There are many things that I like about Dr. Tipton. What stands out the most is that he has an amazing staff, from the front desk to the back office. They are very friendly, always smiling, and very thorough with updates after each of my son’s visits.
-Stacie A.

I personally enjoy the casual and lax atmosphere at Tipton Orthodontics as well as how kind and understanding Dr. Tipton and his staff are.
-Colleen F.

All the staff at Tipton Orthodontics is very friendly and very helpful. They make us feel welcome and explain exactly what is going to happen before it happens!
-Denise S.

Dr. Tipton is friendly and cares about individual patients. He gives me personal attention and makes me feel important. He called me the day after I got my braces on just to check on me. That was very thoughtful and way above and beyond what was expected.
-Jerom N.

Tipton Orthodontics is very skilled and thanks to them, my teeth are now getting straight.
-Seungwan R.

Smoke Screen – Making Quitting Stick

Everybody knows that smoking causes lung cancer, but did you also know that smokers and tobacco are susceptible to a variety of oral health problems at a faster rate than non-smokers?

It’s true! Smoking is responsible for almost 75% of gum disease in adults; and, similar to smokers, adults who smoke pipes and cigars, as well as those using smokeless tobacco, are just as susceptible to gum disease and other tobacco related health problems.

As soon as you use tobacco products, you become more likely to experience any of these oral-health problems:

• Oral cancer
• Gum disease
• Tooth loss
• Loss of bone in the jaw
• Gum recession
• Delayed/impaired healing process after oral surgery or any other treatment
• Decreased success rate of dental implant (tooth replacement) procedures
• Mouth sores
• Loss of your sense of taste and smell
• Bad breath
• Tooth and tongue stains

If you are interested in protecting your oral health we strongly recommend you quit using tobacco products! The following steps are recommended by the Surgeon General to help you quit smoking and using tobacco:

• Get ready – set a quitting date and remove all materials from your home, car and office
• Get support
• Learn new skills and behaviors
• Get medication and use it correctly
• Be prepared for relapse or difficult situations

For support, start with Tipton Orthodontics! We can help by recommending different options to help you quit, and above all we will support you throughout the quitting process. We are dedicated to helping you protect your oral health – and quitting smoking is significant step in the right direction.

Fun times at the SureSmile Conference

Written by Beverly, the Treatment Coordinator at Tipton Orthodontics

WOW! What a great time Dr. Tipton, Irene, Whitney and I had at the SureSmile conference in Orlando! This was the perfect opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and be reminded of the ways we can fully utilize the latest technology available today. The team learned a great deal about how other practices are using SureSmile and what an amazing system SureSmile is. I think we were on brain overload a majority of the time.

This trip was more than just a learning experience though. I mean really, who could go to Walt Disney World Resorts without spending a little time at the Magic Kingdom? We spent the day riding all of the roller coasters (ask Dr. Tipton about Splash Mountain), watching the parades and of course… shopping.

At the conference, I was a bit surprised to learn that only 250 orthodontic practices in the United States use SureSmile and that Dr. Tipton is one of only four in Arizona using SureSmile! I feel like Tipton Orthodontics is on top of things, so that is good. Those patients using the SureSmile system really are getting their braces off so much sooner, some up to 40% sooner. We are very excited to see our patients happy with our services at Tipton Orthodontics and leaving with a FANTASTIC smile as well!

Oh, and don’t forget to ask Dr. Tipton about Splash Mountain 8) Splash Mountain

Welcome to the Daily Smile

Tom Tipton Tipton Orthodontics is an orthodontic practice located in the Phoenix area. We are committed to providing the best orthodontic service for adults, teens and children.

The team at Tipton Orthodontics has been in business for 18 years, and we are committed to providing a level of expertise unrivaled by anyone else.

The office at Tipton orthodontics consists of experienced professionals who genuinely love what they do. We are focused on providing:

  • Individual, specialized attention
  • State-of-the-art braces and orthodontic technology

Oh, and I bet you weren’t aware of this, but Tipton Orthodontics was highlighted in the 2006 “Top Doctor” issue of Phoenix Magazine for being one of the leading orthodontic practices in the Phoenix area. Yeah!

So welcome, hope you visit us often.