Metal braces come in mind for many people when it comes to teeth alignment. They’re a classic treatment that’s proven to work and is a highly reliable application that can also be comfortable and aesthetically appealing. While we offer a variety of braces and other orthodontic treatments, our metal braces are more than capable of helping you achieve the smile you desire. Learn about our practice and how our orthodontists can give you a classic, trendy, and effective treatment plan for your misaligned teeth.
How Do Our Metal Braces Work
Metal braces consist of metal brackets, wires, and elastic bands. The metal brackets are glued with a bonding agent to the enamel of your teeth. The brackets can be made with many materials, but for metal braces, they’re typically made with stainless steel. These brackets work like handles, holding the arch-wires and elastic bands, allowing them to reinforce the pressure needed to adjust your teeth over time. The arch-wires guide the teeth into position and the elastic bands hold the archwires in place to help support the movement of the teeth.
Depending on the design of the braces, additional components, such as spacers, springs, buccal tubes, and face-bow headgear, can be added to help align the teeth and fix issues such as closing spaces, move upper molars, and open space between the teeth. All of these components work to gradually exert constant pressure over extended periods, allowing your jaw and teeth to conform to the pressure.
How To Take Care of Metal Braces
When a patient first experiences metal braces, it can be a confusing time learning how to take care of them. Luckily, our dentists understand these worries, and can give you the correct advice for your new metal braces and give you the preventative care you need to care for your teeth! When wearing braces, you should:
Brush and floss regularly – Brushing and flossing can help keep your teeth clean and your gums healthy. While many diligent patients already practice these habits, brushing and flossing at least four times a day can help to prevent food particles and bacteria from building up between the braces, gums, and teeth.
Avoid hard and sticky foods – Sticky, hard foods can potentially cause damage to your braces, such as breaking the wires and loosen them. Avoiding foods such as taffy, for instance, can greatly help you adjust to your new braces over time
Frequently Asked Questions:
Are metal braces painful?
Some adjustments may make your mouth feel sore and uncomfortable. Over-the-counter pain medication can help alleviate the soreness from the metal braces. If you experience any severe discomfort, contact Burns Orthodontics at any point to help with adjustments.
How much do metal braces cost?
If you’re interested in learning about our metal braces treatments, please stop by any one of our multiple locations to see our orthodontists! Contact Burns Orthodontics to schedule for a free consultation by filling out our online appointment request form or call us at any one of our multiple locations!