Metal Braces – Straight Teeth Treatment Options
Traditional metal braces are a type of orthodontic appliances that are attached to the outside of the teeth. Braces are used to treat teeth that are crowded, crooked, protruding, out of line, or have irregular gaps. By moving your teeth into the correct positions, they help create a more attractive and better functioning smile for adults and children.
Metal braces are the cheapest, durable, and popular type of orthodontic braces. Metal braces are the most researched form of teeth straightening, and they straighten your teeth faster than ceramic braces.
The braces consist of two main parts: the brack and the wire. The archwire is a thin metal wire that runs through each of the brackets and across teeth. The brackets adhere to each tooth, and the wire puts force on them to move your teeth.
The brackets push the teeth into the correct position through the constant pressure the wire applies to them over an extended treatment period. It usually takes less than a year to up to three years before teeth are entirely moved in place.
When are braces needed?
Braces are required if you have crooked or crowded teeth as they are harder to clean. Overcrowded teeth can prevent improper brushing and flossing, resulting in a risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss.
Braces are recommended if you have a misaligned bite because it can cause abnormal wearing down of tooth enamel and interfere with your ability to chew and speak. Braces can also help with jaw problems such as TMJ.
Benefits of metal braces:
- Established metal braces research and history
- Smaller brackets used are more comfortable in recent years
- Movement of teeth is as gradual as possible to reduce discomfort
- The most affordable method of teeth straightening
Disadvantages of metal braces:
- Most noticeable type of braces
- May negatively affect oral health
- Brackets and wires can cause initial irritation
Based in the Blue Mountains, we’re among leading dentists in orthodontics in the Blue Mountains available to discuss all orthodontic treatment options, types of braces, and treatment plans. Call us (02) 4742 1004.
Are metal braces suitable for me?
Metal braces are effective in a variety of cases, ranging from minor to major orthodontic cases. If you work in retail or customer service jobs, you may want to consider lingual braces or ceramic braces.
How long will I have to have braces?
Depending on your treatment goals and the severity of your problem, treatment time can fall anywhere between 18-24 months.
How often will my metal brackets have to be adjusted?
Anywhere between every 4-8 weeks
Does it hurt to eat with braces?
After you first get your braces and after adjustment appointments, your teeth and gums may feel tender. Eat softer foods with gentle pressure for a few days until the tenderness goes away.
What do I do if a bracket comes off my tooth?
Contact Grand Dental as soon as you notice your brackets coming off so we can get the brackets re-attached.
What can’t I eat with braces?
You can still eat most foods you currently eat and adjust how you eat them. Sticky, chewy foods like lollies should be avoided as they can stick to your braces.