Tooth Banding in Orthodontics - How and Why?
The actual bracket is welded to the bands. At a later point in time, a wire will be incorporated into the brackets. These bands can tolerate greater forces than classic brackets, which is the only reason doctors sometimes use bands instead of classic brackets. As a rule, so-called separators are placed between teeth a week prior to banding; that way, the bands can be painlessly placed on the teeth.
First, the appropriate band is selected for the matching tooth by a process of trial and error so that no unnecessary gaps develop. The appropriate metal band is filled with cement and lightly pressed onto the tooth. With special instruments, the band is moved to its final position, where it will stay throughout the entire treatment period.
The risks related to tooth banding are relatively small. Of course, however, complications can develop in individual cases, and these may require additional measures. Each additional measure can in turn lead to complications, which may even result in the loss of a tooth during the course of treatment. At this point, we will only discuss the specific complications associated with tooth banding. These include, for example:
- Caries resulting from a poorly cemented band
- Damage to neighboring teeth
- Periodontal damaging due to improper cementing