Traditional Metal Braces
Metal braces are one of the most popular orthodontic treatments. The brace treatment has advanced over the years and is now more comfortable and the design is less bulky. Now metal braces are a very effective treatment that will help patients across a variety of ages from children to adults.
How Do Metal Braces Work?
Traditional braces involve silver brackets being bonded to the front of the teeth, the brackets used will vary in shape and size. Each bracket has an edge and metal or elastic bands are tied around them to hold an orthodontic wire in place. The wire moves the teeth and the bracket is used as anchor on each of the teeth. During the treatment process the wire will be changed so the best result can be achieved. In modern treatment, bands are only worn on the back teeth.
The braces straighten teeth by applying pressure on to the teeth. This pressure slowly moves the teeth into the correct place. Your teeth can be moved in any direction so braces can fix gaps in teeth, crookedness, incorrect bites, misaligned jaws and more.
Why Would You Need Metal Braces?
Your dentist will recommend metal braces to prevent and/or fix any of the following issues.
- Misaligned Teeth
- Jaw Disorders
- Appearance of Teeth
- Gum Disease
- Crooked Teeth
- Speech Problems
- Spaced Teeth
Metal braces are mostly used to treat cosmetic issues, this treatment can also be used to treat severe medical issues such as headaches and jaw pain.
Who Can Have Metal Braces?
Metal braces are a great treatment for children, teenagers and adults. Braces are efficient, end with successful results, are durable and are cost effective. There should be no concerns about how braces can affect a child’s mouth, there may be some irritation but that will subside. Children, teens and adults will forget the braces are there in no time. Irritation is less likely in modern braces as the newer braces have a sleeker design.
Caring for Metal Braces
Your dentist will discuss how to care for your braces with you. However, there are some important points that are good for every potential patient to know.
- Avoid food that may stick to your braces. The main culprits are chewing gum and caramel.
- Avoid hard foods. Candy, raw vegetables and certain meats should be avoided while you have braces.
- Don’t eat foods you must bite. Certain foods like corn on the cob can dislodge the brackets of your braces.
To keep your mouth and braces in the best condition it is important to brush after each meal or snack. This removes food that is stuck on the braces. Not taking care of your dental hygiene can affect your treatment and result in you having to wear braces longer.
Benefits of Braces with Painfree Dentistry
- Straighter teeth
- High quality care
- A smile to be proud of
- Prices to suit different budgets
- Brace treatments for all ages