Metal braces are the gold standard for orthodontic treatment and despite all the new options on the market, they remain the most commonly used orthodontic appliance. Economical and cost-effective, traditional metal braces have also benefited from recent advances in technology, making them better than ever before. Brackets are now smaller and lower profile, so they’re less obtrusive and more comfortable; advanced archwire technology moves teeth more quickly and efficiently than standard wires for superior results.
Advantages of Metal Brackets
Traditional metal braces remain a popular choice for many of our patients. Here’s why patients choose metal brackets over other options:
- Metal braces are made with durable stainless steel, making them the strongest solution for orthodontic treatment.
- Clear plastic aligners only work when patients are wearing them. Metal braces are attached to the teeth, so they work 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Traditional metal braces are often either the only option or the best option for the treatment of complex orthodontic issues.
- Metal braces are the most affordable orthodontic treatment option and the cost is covered by almost all insurance plans that offer orthodontic benefits.
- Our young patients enjoy customizing their braces by choosing different colored elastic ties at each of their visits.
- Treatment with metal braces may take less time than with alternative orthodontic appliances.
- Metal braces are reliable; they’ve been used for decades because they work well.
Of all the treatment options offered by orthodontists, metal braces are perhaps the most versatile too. They can be used to correct a wide range of problems, including underbites, overbites, cross-bites, open-bites, misaligned teeth, and more. Metal braces allow us to create beautiful smiles for our patients, with teeth moving in a predictable, controlled manner.
During your initial consultation with us, we’ll go over your treatment goals, orthodontic needs, and lifestyle considerations and determine whether metal braces are the best choice for you or your child.
Frequently Asked Questions About Metal Braces
Do metal braces work faster?
Generally speaking, yes, metal braces do straighten teeth faster than other orthodontic treatment options. If you’re comparing metal braces to clear aligners, braces are worn 24/7 and never taken off for the duration of your treatment, so they work all day long to shift your teeth into their new positions; aligners only work when they’re being worn.
How long do metal braces take?
The average length of orthodontic treatment is about two years, but this depends on the amount of correction needed and your compliance with our instructions. Although it may seem inconsequential, if a bracket falls off and you don’t call us right away to request replacement and instead wait several weeks until your next appointment, it has the potential to lengthen the duration of your treatment.
What do metal braces do?
Your braces are made up of two main parts: metal brackets and wires. The metal brackets hold your wires in place, allowing them to gently push and pull your teeth into the new positions we have planned. When you visit our office for adjustments, we make small changes to your wires so they can continue to guide your teeth into proper placement. Every appointment brings you a little bit closer to straighter teeth and a beautiful new smile!
What is the best age for metal braces?
If you’re an adult, your age doesn’t matter—you’re never too old for orthodontic treatment, and that includes metal braces. For children, metal braces are typically used as part of the second phase of orthodontic treatment, but there is no standard or “best” age for this to begin. Instead, we look to see that most or all of the permanent teeth have erupted and then we start treatment with braces.
Are metal braces painful?
Most patients don’t describe metal braces as painful, but they can be uncomfortable at times. You’ll experience the most discomfort in the hours and days after you first get your braces, then after each adjustment appointment, you may have some soreness. This can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain relievers.
How do you brush your teeth with metal braces?
Brushing with braces isn’t difficult, it just takes more time! Brush the backs of your teeth and the chewing surfaces; when it comes to brushing the fronts of your teeth, brush above your brackets, below your brackets, and the brackets themselves. Hold your toothbrush at an angle so you can remove food debris and plaque from around the brackets and wires as you brush. Don’t forget to floss either—a floss threader or interproximal brush can make it easier.
Do braces change your face?
Yes, braces change your face for the better. By correcting misaligned teeth and bite problems, braces improve your facial symmetry and profile.