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  • PIMM Wix Team

Power Chain Braces

Updated: Nov 3, 2022

About four million Americans undergo orthodontic treatment at any given time, and 33 percent of those patients are adults. So it’s no wonder that so many people are familiar with traditional braces and how they work. But have you ever heard of power chain braces (PCB)? They’re usually used to close spaces between teeth near the end of some patients’ treatments.

At the office of Ortho Inc., our top priority is to provide orthodontic healthcare that best suits your needs. Our knowledgeable and caring professionals make sure you can enjoy attractive and well-functioning teeth. You can be certain that your oral health is in the best of hands.

Though called braces, PCB are linked ligatures that are used instead of single elastics to complete the closures of the gaps between teeth. Metal and clear braces employ constant light pressure to move teeth. Sometimes, though, that pressure isn’t enough. PCB exert force that will move teeth more quickly than elastic bands. You’ll likely need them if you’ve had one or more teeth extracted. And for the fashion-minded, they come in a variety of fun colors.

Depending on the needs of your smile, you may need one of three types of PCB. These types have different diameters between the centers of each loop, controlling which bracket the loop can attach to. A closed power chair connects to every tooth. A short one is attached to every other tooth, while a long one is linked to every third tooth.

Though each patient’s needs are unique, PCB usually take six weeks to complete their job. And to make sure that the space(s) is securely closed, an orthodontist may leave them on for a few weeks more.

As with all orthodontic journeys, you must make take the additional time and make the extra effort needed to thoroughly clean your teeth at least twice a day. Your orthodontist will give you instructions on the proper methods. Your work will definitely pay off!

We at the office of Ortho Inc. use a variety of techniques and appliances that are at the forefront of orthodontic care. These improvements offer a wide variety of benefits to each patient. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment.

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