Hinsdale Braces

Traditional braces have been around for a long time, and they're probably the most recognizable symbol of orthodontics in Hinsdale, IL, and the surrounding areas.

FAQS About Braces

Efficient, inexpensive, and smaller than ever, metal braces are a great option for accomplishing all sorts of orthodontic adjustments. Also, with Damon Braces from Hinsdale Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, metal braces are faster and more comfortable than they've ever been.

All About Braces

These orthodontic workhorses have a long history of successful treatment and are great at correcting many oral issues. At Hinsdale Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, metal braces continue to be the top orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages.

They can work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other treatments might, shortening overall treatment time without compromising on quality.

Metal braces are a cost-effective option because they don't require some of the more complex technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments do.

Modern braces are smaller, more comfortable, and more attractive than ever. Metal braces are built from high-grade stainless steel and are the most common type of braces you'll see.

Brackets are bonded to the front of each tooth and connect to one another by an archwire, helping to guide your teeth where Dr. Riccio and Dr. Blair want them to move.

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What Are Braces Made of?


The brackets that Hinsdale Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry uses are durable and made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other mouth-safe metals.

Our Damon brackets have a slide mechanism through which Dr. Riccio and Dr. Blair will thread a wire. The bracket is then secured by closing a latch to securely hold the wire in place while allowing for tightening or adjustment at future appointments.

Orthodontic Glue

This is what Dr. Riccio and Dr. Blair will use to attach the brackets to your teeth. It's common to attach the bracket directly to the tooth with mouth-safe, non-toxic glue. This glue will be fully and safely removed at the end of your orthodontic procedure without damage to your teeth or mouth.


This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Riccio and Dr. Blair will change the shape and curvature of the wire to move your teeth in the right direction.

The wire will attach all of your bottom or upper teeth together in many cases. We might occasionally shorten the wire if connecting just a few teeth is better for your treatment plan.


If Dr. Riccio and Dr. Blair determine that you need bite correction, elastics are essential. They're generally strung between an upper bracket hook and a lower bracket hook, and will gently pull the upper jaw backward to correct an overbite, or the lower jaw back to correct an underbite.

We may use rubber bands for many different situations, especially when we want to put extra shifting pressure on the teeth or jaws.

Orthodontic Bands

These are stainless steel rings that are attached firmly to your teeth using dental bonding agents. These bands can provide an anchor for your braces and orthodontic appliances, but they're not needed in every case.

Dr. Riccio and Dr. Blair will determine if your treatment will benefit from orthodontic bands at your initial consultation.


These small elastic "donuts" or rings can be used by Dr. Riccio and Dr. Blair to create space in between your teeth when needed, typically before bands are placed. They're also referred to as separators.

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Metal Braces From Hinsdale Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry

After a thorough orthodontic evaluation with Dr. Riccio and Dr. Blair, we can determine which treatment option will be best for you and your smile.

Schedule your free consultation with Dr. Riccio and Dr. Blair at our Hinsdale office to learn if metal braces may be right for you.