How do metal braces work?
Traditional braces rely on stainless steel brackets and wiring. Patients get to choose the color of the metal brackets that fasten to the front of their teeth. These materials are now much smaller than they used to be. The corresponding archwire pulls the bracket anchors in a favorable direction. Over time, your teeth appear straighter for a more confident smile.
Most metal braces use elastic bands called o-rings between connections. These rubber pieces help to apply extra pressure to the teeth.
Who's a good candidate for traditional braces?
Advancements in orthodontics have made metal braces more comfortable and less noticeable over time. Children, teenagers and adults can look to traditional braces as a practical treatment option. The pieces used for metal braces are durable, and there is no need to worry about irritation of the teeth, gums and mouth. Patients get used to the feeling of traditional braces in a few days. Before you know it, you forget the brackets, archwires and o-rings are even there.
We also offer clear ceramic braces for those looking for a more discreet braces option.
Benefits of traditional metal braces
Besides straightening teeth, orthodontists use these methods to assist with overbites, underbites and crowding issues. The fact that metal braces stay in place and are not removable means your treatment plan is in effect 24/7. Some patients see results in as little as 18 months.
A considerable advantage of traditional braces is they cost less than other treatment methods like Invisalign® clear aligners. Working professionals and families can correct teeth while sticking to a budget. Also, patients can pick from a whole palette of colors for front-facing brackets.
Caring for traditional braces
Taking care of metal braces is straightforward. Your orthodontist may recommend using a special toothbrush to help you remove food and plaque between brackets and archwires. It’s best to brush multiple times each day to keep stainless steel materials clean.
Children, teens and adults should avoid sticky foods and candies while wearing metal braces.
Why choose Amazing Smiles Orthodontics?
Amazing Smiles comes up with a custom treatment plan for all patients. Some reasons families choose us for orthodontics services include:
- All of our doctors are friendly and helpful.
- We use cutting-edge methods and technologies to improve smiles.
- Our team welcomes patients of all ages.
Amazing Smiles Orthodontics offices in Glen Carbon and O’Fallon, Illinois, and Clayton, Missouri. We look forward to learning more about you and your expectations for treatment, so we can help you feel positive about your teeth. Please contact us to schedule your free consultation appointment today.