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DrTed wearing his removable BrB look-like traintracks braces.The BrB (braces are beautiful) appliance are made of brackets bonded to an Invisalign retainer. The archwire is ligated to the brackets with stainless steel wire (look carefully). When you put it on you feel a  little tension as though your braces were just adjusted. However, it DOES NOT MOVE TEETH. DrTed wearing his lingual braces BrB demo. Until today (2/9/01) I had never experienced the feelings of linguals (wires not added). That last bracket you see on my upper tooth is a "nuisance" to say the very least. Real lingual braces patients place wax on the brackets to help relieve the discomfort until they get use to it. 

DrTed showing natural teeth and "smiling." If I look a little bit weird it's because I am trying to smile and keep my eyes relaxed at the same time, which for me was somewhat hard to do.

DrTed wearing the BrB prosthetic he made for himself. It has the typical "train tracks" look. Folks who love to look at pictures of people in braces are invited to go to http://www.bracesarebeautiful.com

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Top view of  DrTed's BrB appliance.

Front view of the BrB appliance.

 

 

A BrB  Look-Like-Train-Track Braces Appliance

Anne D. September 22, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. Ted

DrTed wearing the BrB with Begg type braces, which have a much "lower profile" and therefore a lot more comfortable than the typical "train tracks."

DrTed wearing the Brb with clear-transparent braces and "tooth-colored" wire he gives all patients over 13 years old.

Have you ever had a longing to wear braces?    The above photo is meant to show you a custom fitted device designed to simulate the look and feel of braces.  Indeed the braces and  arch wire are actual brackets and wire used in Dr. Ted Rothstein's (DrTed) office.  And the device upon which they are bonded to is an Invisalign (tm)-like Dr. Ted custom-fitted transparent tray. Unlike the Invisalign(tm)  which is being used by high-tech orthodontists to straighten mild-moderate cases of crooked teeth, the Dr. Ted custom-fitted tray has no capability of moving teeth. In fact, it holds the teeth exactly the way a retainer does. Indeed it is a retainer...the very same kind that Dr. Ted gives to all his patients when he removes their fixed braces.

The above photos also show DrTed wearing his own BrB appliance. It is a typical "train tracks" look that he does not offer to his patients. All of his patients over 13 years-old are given only clear-transparent braces with "tooth-colored" wire.  In fact DrTed uses only the Begg brackets as shown in the diagram below. The Begg brackets are smaller and more comfortable, but they don't provide the "train tracks" look that those who are longing to have braces might want. You can see that the BrB appliance is composed of 8 edge wise brackets bonded onto the aligner, which is made of a durable plastic .040 inch thick. A .014 inch diameter arch wire is attached with .007 ligature wire (very thin) to the brackets.  The arch wire on the last two brackets is attached by means of mini-elastics which are colored black and white.  Many other colors are available to orthodontists for their patients most of whom are given the edgewise (train tracks look) appliance. See colors available for "train track" BrB's.  {You have two choices: attach the arch wire to the brackets the old-fashion way with .007 wire or attach the arch wire to the brackets with mini-colored elastics.}

The aligner is made on dental molds that are made in the Dr. Ted's office or sent to Dr. Ted from your own dentist. You will need to tell the dentist that you want/need   (a) dental mold(s) of your teeth. I made a prescription which you can give your dentist that describes what is needed. [I want to see the prescription I would give the dentist.]  The BrB prosthetic appliance is neutral, i.e., it applies no forces to the teeth thus it cannot move teeth. It is a removable, clear-plastic covering fitting well but not tightly over your teeth. It is .040 inch thick that is about the thickness of the vertical bar of this number "1"   The BrB models above show the two basic kinds of braces that can be bonded to the aligner. The "edgewise" bracket (also called a "siamese" twin bracket) is the more common of the two.  It is shown on the demo BrB above on the wearer's upper left front tooth (the viewers right side).[See below for a picture of an edgewise bracket.] I typically use the "Begg" bracket which is not "siamese" in form. (It is shown on the demo on the wearer's upper right front tooth. [See below for a picture of an Begg bracket bracket.] One may choose the Begg or the edgewise, however Dr. Ted stocks only the Begg.  The brackets would all be  of the same kind: either all Begg or all edgewise. If I choose a configuration that uses both kinds it is done for considerations of maximum adherence.

 The arch wire  is attached to the Begg bracket by a small brass fastening pin.  If one chooses to have the edgewise bracket the main arch wire is fastened to the edgewise bracket by either a thin wire (not commonly used) or the the more common method nowadays, a tiny rubber band about the size of this o which can came in a variety of colors. They are not easy to place or remove.  The edgewise bracket is generally larger and perhaps a bit more uncomfortable than the Begg bracket which is half the size of the edgewise.

The brackets are bonded to the plastic aligner with the same adhesive used by orthodontists to bond real braces on actual patients. Allergies to the materials (brackets, wire, plastic and adhesive) are possible but rare indeed.

The BrB can be made for both upper and lower teeth. One could choose to have the 6, 8, or 10 "front" teeth or the typical 12 bracket configuration that most orthodontists use when they put on braces.

The most likely problem  to be encountered just as in real-life patients is that the brackets may become detached for many reasons. Consequently, I advise that the BrB appliance be treated with great care to avoid "bond" failure and detachments.  For instance, eating with it would invite bracket bond failure (drinking would be OK). Many will not heed this warning and do just as they want just as my patients do.  They pay 25$ for each bracket that becomes detached.  I invite you to submit a list of FAQ's that you think folks should know.

The second most common problem: The aligner upon which the brackets are bonded is vacuum formed to the model upon which it is made, very much like the way you see meat and cheese packaged in the supermarket.  Therefore, if you have a BrB appliance made on your teeth as they are today any changes that cause a change in the shape/form especially an enlargement of the teeth, after the BrB was made, (which might well occur if your dentist filled a cavity) would render the BrB unfitting.  

So do not have a BrB made on teeth that need dentistry such as fillings and crowns, etc.

The extra rim of bonding adhesive seen around some of the brackets  serves to increase adhesion of bracket to aligner, but would appear less prominently when the BrB is fitted on the teeth. I suppose over time 1-3 years the bonding adhesive will become more brown-orange. This deterioration of color can be minimized with gentle brushing with soap and water.

I would like to see the choices of BrB appliances and the fee for each.

There some very important things you should know when you decide to purchase a BrB prostheses.  I call the list of things you should know an "Informed Consent." You can also call it the conditions for purchasing the BrB appliance. You can also call it the office policies. It will help you to decide whether to go ahead with purchasing the appliance or not. Show me the Informed Consent.

If you would like to purchase a  BrB click here for purchasing instructions.

If you would like to see the instructions for inserting and removing a BrB along with the precautions I recommend for taking care of one, click here.

Finally, I highly recommend that you visit Silversmiles.com , Where these folks have been offering a variety of braces and paraphernalia look-a-like for close to three years now and another site boldly named fake braces for those who would like to have not only their teeth "recreationally" braced but other parts of their body also.

 

If you have some suggestions re the above by all means let me know.  drted35@aol.com

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Item ImageThis is a typical edgewise bracket.

Item ImageThis is a typical Begg Bracket.

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