Today, traditional metal braces are becoming more and more comfortable. These are the most common type of braces and they are the least expensive of all the different types of braces on the market. In addition to being economical, metal braces offer wearers a number of other advantages.
- Straighten crooked teeth
- Correct under bites
- Correct overbites
- Correct malocclusions of the teeth and jaw
- Treatment time is typically the shortest among all types of braces
- Metal braces are strong and rarely break
How Traditional Braces Work
Metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel and straighten the wearer’s teeth using metal brackets and wires. These brackets and wires will gradually move the teeth into their desired locations in order to straighten them and improve the patient’s bite and smile.
Typically, when a patient first gets metal braces, the gums and cheek tissue can become irritated. The dentist will discuss several tips to help deal with this discomfort, such as using a saltwater rinse and applying wax to the metal brackets. These treatments successfully reduce pain in the first few weeks as the wearer’s oral tissues become accustomed to the braces.
With traditional metal braces, the brackets require a ligature, which is a small rubber band shaped like the letter “O.” This holds the arch wire in place. Sometimes metal tie wires are used in place of those ligatures and those tie wires are twisted around the brackets.
In the past, metal braces were actually a band that wrapped around each individual tooth. Today, braces are small metal brackets which are glued to individual teeth. This is much easier and less time-consuming to place on the teeth.
Length of Treatment
Each individual case is different, so treatment time will vary by patient. Wearers of metal braces can generally expect their treatment time to range between six months to two years.
Why Choose Us
Dr. Julio Hernandez has nearly two decades of experience in orthodontics. He has treated thousands of patients and understands the importance of straight teeth and a correct bite. Dr. Julio uses his vast experience in cosmetic dentistry and facial esthetics to improve not only his patients’ smiles, but also the health of the joints and surrounding tissues. Understanding that teeth are part of an intricate system and that any change to any part of the system will affect the whole system, is why Dr. Julio has had such incredible success in treating even the most difficult of cases.
At Biscayne Wellness Center, we work with every patient to ensure that their smile is as glorious as can be. Please schedule a consultation with us today to determine if metal braces, or another option, would be right for you.