When you picture someone in braces, we know what you’re probably thinking. A mouth full of metal, right? While metal braces are still the most commonly used orthodontic treatment, today’s metal braces are sleeker and more efficient than ever.
And thanks to the high-grade metal alloys used in today’s braces, they’re also more comfortable than ever! Metal braces are cost effective, reliable, and can be personalized using your favorite colors in elastic ties.
Metal braces usually consist of 3 basic components :
- Brackets that are adhered directly to your teeth using a special glue
- Archwires that sit in each bracket and are used to guide the teeth
- Ligature ties, the tiny elastics that hold the archwires in place and that can be customized using your favorite colors.
Braces work by placing consistent, gentle pressure on your teeth. Over time, this force works to guide the teeth into their most ideal locations. You’ll visit our orthodontist at regular intervals, when we will replace your archwires periodically to ensure your teeth are moving in the most safe and efficient manner. Some patients may also require the use of additional elastics or rubber bands to help achieve certain tooth movements.
Metal braces are an ideal treatment option for patients of all ages and all severities of malocclusions.
What should I expect from metal braces?
One of the first things you may notice is that your teeth may start to feel a bit wiggly. This can cause a moment of panic, but don’t worry – it’s completely normal! In order for your teeth to move to their new locations, they must first become loose from their current locations. Once ideal alignment has been achieved, you’ll wear a retainer to hold your teeth in their new locations while the ligaments and bone solidify them in place.
Are metal braces right for me?
Metal braces are an ideal treatment option for patients of all ages, no matter the severity of your malocclusion. But, it’s up to you whether they are the most ideal option for your lifestyle. At your consultation, our orthodontist will discuss the treatment options they believe will be the best for your individual needs. They can discuss the pros and cons of each, and you can make the decision that is best for you. Metal braces are highly effective and cost-efficient, but they may not be the option that fits best into your life.
How can I expect braces to impact my daily life?
Orthodontic treatment can take a bit of getting used to, so remember to be kind to yourself in the beginning. You’ll want to spend some extra time on your oral hygiene, especially because your brackets and wires will create a lot of nooks and crannies where food debris can get trapped.
Here are some other things to be prepared for:
- You’ll need to make some changes to your diet to avoid foods that are too chewy, sticky, crunchy, or hard.
- There may be some discomfort, especially in the beginning or after an adjustment.
- You’ll need to take care to follow your orthodontist’s recommendations, including elastic wear if that is part of your treatment plan.
Metal braces are effective, efficient, and ideal for every patient. Schedule your complimentary consultation today to learn more about how braces can transform your smile.