What are Braces?

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A Popular Smile-Perfecting Tool

Braces are what we refer to as a fixed orthodontic appliance, meaning they’re bonded to your teeth and stay put throughout your entire treatment. The system of brackets and wires applies steady pressure to gently shift your teeth into their ideal places. The end result is a spectacular smile and an aligned bite. Dr. Noorda and Dr. Okuda offer modern, cutting-edge braces options and have the knowledge and training to treat patients of all ages, including those with complex cases. To find out how our Henderson, NV braces can transform your smile, schedule a free consultation at Okuda & Noorda Orthodontics online or by giving us a call at (702) 737-5500.

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How Do Braces Work?

While there are different types of braces, they all consist of brackets, which are bonded to the teeth with special adhesive, and archwires, which are threaded through the brackets and act as a track to guide the teeth into place. The pressure exerted by the braces is what causes the teeth to move in the direction of our choosing. Though conventional braces also have ligatures (tiny elastics or metal wires) that secure the wires to the brackets, the Damon™ brackets we offer at our practice are self-ligating and don’t require ligatures. Instead, these brackets feature a slide mechanism that holds the wire in place while the teeth move freely into position.

Braces Have Gotten an Upgrade

Years ago, braces were bulkier and a bit uncomfortable. Thankfully, those days are over. The braces we use at Okuda & Noorda Orthodontics are smaller, more attractive and a whole lot more comfortable. With our high-tech Damon brackets and thin, lightweight archwires, patients often finish treatment months sooner and experience less sensitivity and friction. As an added bonus, the braces look great too!

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Braces by the Numbers

Why have braces remained a top teeth-straightening option after all of these years? They work! To find out why our Henderson, NV braces patients choose Okuda & Noorda Orthodontics for their treatment, schedule a free consultation online or by calling us at (702) 737-5500 today!


In a study, patients wearing Damon braces reported 60% less discomfort than those with conventional braces.


Over four million Americans are currently straightening their teeth with braces.


The number of people in the U.S. who wear braces has almost doubled since 1982.

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