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Why Are My Brackets So High?

At Lucas Orthodontics, our patients often ask us why we place their brackets so high on the front teeth. To put your mind at ease let us first say no, we did not make a mistake! The placement of your brackets is actually dependent on the smile arc of the patient. The smile arc is defined as the relationship of the curvature of edges of your teeth, to the curvature of the lower lip when smiling. An ideal smile arc has the maxillary incisal edge curvature parallel to the curvature of the lip.

Proper bracket placement is necessary in order to achieve your perfect smile. Lucas Orthodontics proudly uses Smile Arc Protection for all our patients to ensure the curvature of your lips is perfect!

Confused? Let us show you!

  •  teeth no brace

    Perfect smiles are when the edges of the top teeth follow the curve of the lower lip

  •  teeth with brace

    To achieve this, we place our brackets high as shown in the image below

  •  teeth with brace 2

    You are used to seeing brackets placed lower on the teeth which can actually create a flat smile

  •  teeth no brace 2

    Flat smile we always avoid

What Our Patients Say

  • The best Orthodontist, assistants, and office staff! After two years wearing braces, they’re finally off! I’m so happy with the results, Doctor Lucas is truly amazing and knowledgeable, his staff are very patient and caring, definitely highly recommend!!!!

    - Andy H.
  • My experience here has always been amazing. This is my 2nd time getting braces with them due to not wearing my retainer. I was very pleased with my results the first time and am sure I will achieve the same beautiful smile a 2nd time. Glory at the front desk is very kind and helpful when checking you in and working you up. All the staff is very sweet and I love how clean and bright the facility is.

    - Victoria O.
  • I’ve have been coming to Lucas Orthodontics for almost 15 years. All three of my children have excellent smiles. The staff and Dr. Lucas are AMAZING to say the least. I highly recommend going there. Thank you so much!!!

    - Fior T.
  • Dr. Lucas is very good and his staff was very attentive and caring. They showed patience and kindness to my son. They made him feel safe and comfortable through a very uncomfortable procedure. Thank you!

    - Michelle R.

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