Conventional Metal Braces

Metal braces are still the gold standard in orthodontic treatment and the most common type. That doesn’t mean they haven’t advanced over the years. The earliest written documentation on use of metal appliances to straighten teeth was by Pierre Fauchard way back in the 1700’s. Formerly, bands were used which completely encircled the tooth. This was the era of “metal mouth” or “railroad tracks”. Today, a small bracket is bonded to the front of the tooth. Enamel is the hardest part of the body so an intricate process is required to adhere the bracket to the tooth. First the tooth surface is cleaned, and then a mild acid is applied to chemically roughen the surface. A primer layer is applied to this matte finish and an adhesive is sandwiched between the bracket base and the tooth. The bracket base has a mesh design to lock onto the adhesive. Dr. Bentele will look through magnifying loupes for precise positioning of the bracket. The final step uses an LED to cure the light sensitive adhesive to fix it into position.

An orthodontic bracket is a mini engineering masterpiece and is individualized for each particular tooth in the arch. On the front of the brackets are 4 tie wings to attach the wire with multicolored O-rings or metal ligature. A slot for the wire runs across the face of the bracket. Designed into that bracket slot are the instructions for positioning the tooth including how prominent that tooth is in the arch, the tip of the crown and how much the crown angles outwards. The orthodontic wires use the bracket as a handle to transfer force to the tooth root and thence to the bone. Orthodontics works by remodeling the surrounding bone. The orthodontist decides what composition of wire type, wire size and force is best suited to move a tooth a certain way. A force on the tooth root either puts pressure or tension on the periodontal ligament (PDL) which is in between the tooth root and bone. Cells then are recruited in to do the remodeling work. Osteoclasts remove bone on the compression side and osteoblasts create it on the tension side as the tooth is repositioned. If too much force is applied in an effort to speed up the orthodontics then the tooth root rather than the bone may be resorbed or a scar may be formed in the PDL that has to heal before further movement can occur. Patience is a virtue.

Montebello Drive West
2575 Montebello Drive West,
Suite 101, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Tel: (719) 268-7138
Fax: (719) 599-5107
Woodland Park
791 W Kelley's Rd,
Woodland Park, CO 80863
Tel: (719) 687-6129
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What our patients say...

We went to an evaluation at an orthodontist before this one and the price seemed kind of high so then I came to an evaluation here & not only was the price lower but immediately we felt very comfortable and loved the atmosphere of the office. The staff is wonderful, always on time & Dr. Bentele is a great Dr. - very knowledgeable, friendly & with excellent communication. I would recommend this practice to everyone!

We highly recommend Dr. Bentele and his practice. He is honest, friendly, skilled & timely - you name it. He and his staff are wonderful! Angela at the front desk is especially kind and helpful. Best of all - Dr. Bentele creates a wonderful outcome of beautiful teeth. I've experienced two other orthodontists with other children and Dr. Bentele definitely outshines all - in every way - even in cost! I can't speak highly enough about Bentele Orthodontics!

This office is extremely thorough in explaining all aspects of orthodontics from finances to procedures. I'm very confident in this office.

Dr. Bentele makes the patient feel comfortable with his skill and calm confidence. He's honest about the treatment needed and tries to keep the patient informed of the treatment.

Dr. Bentele is our orthodontist for our two children. He provided clear treatment plans with a practical approach. Dr. Bentele does all of the banding and bonding himself and the office appointments are appropriately scheduled. Our children get in and out quickly and the office is never overscheduled, resulting in short waits and unhurried treatment. We're very satisfied and would recommend our friends to see Dr. Bentele!

Dr. Bentele and all staff have been very professional and the cost was reasonable. The approach of not having braces on longer than necessary is one area where I have seen other children suffer (children who went to other orthodontists). The way Dr. Bentele explains what he is doing and why has been good for my daughter to learn the importance of her treatment. I appreciate Dr. Bentele's patience with us as we experienced a difficult financial time during the beginning of our process.