Band - stainless steel rings that are cemented around your molar (back) teeth and is used as anchorage to move other teeth.Bracket - an attachment fabricated from stainless steel or ceramic that is bonded to the front of your teeth. This bracket has a slot through which a wire slides.
Wire - fabricated from either stainless steel, nickel titanium, or copper nickel titanium. These wires have " memory" which help them return to their original shape gently bringing your teeth with them. This is one of the secrets to achieving a beautiful smile.
Elastic donuts - the "o" ring that holds the wire in the slot on the bracket. These donuts are changed at most appointments and are available in many colors.
Band: stainless steel rings that are cemented around your molars, or teeth in the back, and used as an anchor to move other teeth.
Bracket: an attachment created from stainless steel or ceramic that is bonded to the front of your tooth. The bracket is used to hold the wire.
Wire: created from stainless steel, nickel titanium, or copper nickel titanium. The wire has a " memory" which returns them to their original shape and gently brings your teeth with them. The wires we use is one of the ways we help you achieve a beautiful smile.
Elastics: the "o" ring that holds the wire on the bracket. We sterilize each and every band. These elastics are changed at most appointments and are available in a variety of colors. We like 'our kids' to have fun and will change their elastics to match a game day or holiday.
For more than three decades, Dr. Peter Coccaro has helped thousands of people – adults, teens and children – have straighter, more attractive and more confident smiles. In addition to being a well-trained, highly experienced and certified orthodontic specialist, Dr. Coccaro always strives to improve his capabilities, including pursuing continuing education well beyond what’s required. As a result of this commitment, he offers advanced care that combines leading-edge techniques with the experience thousands have trusted.
Orthodontics is unique in that the relationships you build do not last for one or two visits. They last for years. The rapport you have with your orthodontist - your comfort level, feeling encouraged to ask questions, and getting your questions answered - all contribute to your experience. You may notice that every practice claims to be different through care, friendliness, happy atmosphere, and training. But what stands out above the rest, what has been proven not just claimed, is experience. Dr. Coccaro's extensive experience gives him the ability to see possibilities others cannot. Along with his experience, he credits his long-tenured Bethesda Orthodontics staff with understanding the importance of offering excellent service to every patient.
At Bethesda Orthodontics in Bethesda, MD, we are dedicated to orthodontic excellence and long-term treatment success. To ensure the same beautiful, lasting results for which we’re known, we set stringent standards for quality and integrity. We use the latest techniques for optimal comfort and outcomes. Dr. Coccaro, his support staff, new-patient and treatment coordinators each focus on your individual needs. We make you our number one priority.
Dr. Coccaro's father started practicing orthodontics in Bethesda in 1958. Since then there has always been a Coccaro smile nearby. His father was known for treating the world's largest patient, an elephant. He straightened the male elephant's tusks at our National Zoo using the custom expander that he created. Come see the mold of the tusks in our office! You can read a brief clip from the Ottawa Citizen here.
We invite you to come in for a consultation. If you need orthodontic care, we hope to see you wearing your Coccaro smile soon! Schedule your appointment with us by calling 301.530.8191 or Request an Appointment.