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Traditional Metal Braces

Everything You Need to Know About Metal Braces

For all of the advances in braces technology, traditional metal braces are still the most common type of braces to date. This popularity stems from a combination of factors that make metal braces a reliable treatment for both adults and teens.

Traditional braces are versatile and can be easily customized to your individual needs, so they work for any type of dental condition. In addition, metal braces are often the strongest, most durable and least expensive way to achieve proper tooth alignment.

Read on to find out if braces might be the right orthodontic treatment for you.

How do metal braces work? 

Metal braces are composed of 3 main parts:

  1. Brackets: Brackets are small rectangular devices that bond directly to the exterior of each tooth. 
  2. Archwire: Once the brackets are attached to the teeth, a metal wire called an archwire is threaded from one bracket to another.  The archwrire fits right into a groove on the outside of each bracket.
  3. Elastics: Elastics are rubber bands used to secure the archwire to the brackets.

    Throughout your braces treatment the archwire will be gradually tightened and adjusted to slowly guide the teeth into proper alignment.

    How long will I have to wear metal braces?

    The treatment time for braces depends on every individual, but most cases range from a 12 – 18 months. Some patients won’t see major changes until the last few months, while others may notice a big difference just 3 months in.  

    However, it’s important to keep in mind that certain activities and foods can damage your braces, which can ultimately prolong your treatment time. Taking good care of your braces will help keep your treatment time to a minimum.

    Do metal braces hurt?

    Because braces apply pressure to the teeth and gums, it’s normal for patients to experience some degree of soreness during their treatment. This is especially common when the braces are initially affixed to the teeth. 

    The good news is that this pain is often mild and subsides quickly as the teeth adjust to treatment. The other bit of good news is that there are several ways to relieve any aches and pains that come along with bracesIce packs, heating pads and salt water rinses can help reduce inflamation, improve circulation and alleviate discomfort. 

    Sometimes metal brackets or archwire can poke or scrape the inside of a patient’s lips or cheeks. If this occurs, your orthodontist can trim and adjust the braces to make them more comfortable. Dental wax can also be applied to any part of the braces causing irritation to create a barrier between the appliance and the mouth.

    How do metal braces compare to clear braces and Invisalign?

    Each type of braces has its own set of benefits and drawbacks. Below are a few reasons why you might choose metal braces over other types of braces and aligners.

    Benefits of Metal Braces

    Metal braces are an excellent choice because they require little maintenance and they do an extraordinarily effective job. They’re also one of the most affordable orthodontic options available, compared to clear aligners, lingual braces, or self-ligating braces. Metal braces are a great option for children and adolescents because they are bonded to the teeth 24/7, allowing the appliance to straighten the teeth without disturbance.

    Your orthodontist may also recommend metal braces over other options because they are the only appliance that can fix serious dental issues like overbites, underbites, crowding, etc. They may need to be used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances, such as palatal expanders or headgear.

    If you are interested in getting traditional/metal braces, give us a call! Omar Orthodontics provides a suite of orthodontic options for patients and our doctor will personally advise you on the best options for your individual needs. Our Chantilly orthodontist is one of the best braces providers in the area and she will make sure to answer all your questions at your consultation. Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all mentality when it comes to braces, so it’s important to see a professional about the right appliance for you and your lifestyle.  

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    Rodney Wrice
    July 11, 2023

    I don't even know where to start. My experience at Omar Orthodontics has been nothing short of amazing. Dr. Omar and her staff are the best human beings on the planet. They are so transparent, lively, and fun, that it is bittersweet when it comes time to end treatment. I felt like I was part of the staff there and Melanie is the funniest person ever. I can't rave about this place enough. From when you first walk in, it's just positivity and great vibes from everyone there.I also love how Dr. Omar and her staff aren't afraid to have fun when the patients are around. This honestly makes me want to go into orthodontics and work here. If you're thinking about getting braces or doing any sort of orthodontic treatment, you'd be doing yourself a disservice for not going here. It was well worth the drive all the way from Manassas.Also, a HUGE thank you to Dr. Omar, Melanie, and the rest of the staff for helping me achieve a perfectly straight smile! I appreciate you all so much!

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    Desray Michelle
    July 6, 2023

    I feel like heaven every time I come in here, this is the most entertaining place I have ever been in my life. The girls at the front are very entertaining and they make me want to get my braces 200000 more times. Dr Omar is cool too. Xoxo Gossip Girl.

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    Tiffany Yeckel
    May 5, 2023

    Awesome practice; from the admin staff at check-in to the clinical staff and Dr. Omar!! My daughter’s first visit was very streamline and straightforward. I appreciate and respect Dr. Omar’s treatment plan on waiting a few months before re-evaluating and beginning treatment on my daughter. Shows that she values each patient’s care individually. Everyone was so sweet to my daughter and even ran out to bring her a sticker when they saw her cry walking to the car because she really wanted braces. Talk about service! This place is absolutely top notch and we will absolutely be back for both of my children as they get older. Thank you Dr Omar and team!!

     

    Read on to find out if braces might be the right orthodontic treatment for you.

    How do metal braces work? 

    Metal braces are composed of 3 main parts:

    1. Brackets: Brackets are small rectangular devices that bond directly to the exterior of each tooth. 
    2. Archwire: Once the brackets are attached to the teeth, a metal wire called an archwire is threaded from one bracket to another.  The archwrire fits right into a groove on the outside of each bracket.
    3. Elastics: Elastics are rubber bands used to secure the archwire to the brackets.

      Throughout your braces treatment the archwire will be gradually tightened and adjusted to slowly guide the teeth into proper alignment.

      How long will I have to wear metal braces?

      The treatment time for braces depends on every individual, but most cases range from a 12 – 18 months. Some patients won’t see major changes until the last few months, while others may notice a big difference just 3 months in.  

      However, it’s important to keep in mind that certain activities and foods can damage your braces which can ultimately prolong your treatment time. Taking good care of your braces is a good way to keep your treatment time to a minimum.

      Do metal braces hurt?

      Because braces apply pressure to the teeth and gums, it’s normal for patients to experience some degree of soreness during their treatment. This is especially common when the braces are initially affixed to the teeth. 

      The good news is that this pain is often mild and subsides quickly as the teeth adjust to treatment. The other bit of good news is that there are several ways to relieve any aches and pains that come along with bracesIce packs, heating pads and salt water rinses can help reduce inflamation, improve circulation and alleviate discomfort. 

      Sometimes metal brackets or archwire can poke or scrape the insides of a patients lips or cheeks. If this occurs, your orthodontist can trim and adjust the braces to make them more comfortable. Dental wax can also be applied to any part of the braces causing irritation to create a barrier between the appliance and the mouth.

      How do metal braces compare to clear braces and Invisalign?

      Each type of braces has its own set of benefits and drawbacks. Here are a few reasons why you might choose metal braces over other types of braces and aligners.

      Benefits of Metal Braces

      Metal braces are an excellent choice because they require little maintenance and they do an extraordinarily effective job. They’re also one of the most affordable orthodontic options available, compared to clear aligners, lingual braces, or self-ligating braces. Metal braces are a great option for children and adolescents because they are bonded to the teeth 24/7, allowing the appliance to straighten the teeth without disturbance.

      Your doctor may also recommend metal braces over other options because they are the only appliance that can fix serious dental issues like overbites, underbites, crowding, etc. They may need to be used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances, such as palatal expanders or headgear as well.

      If you are interested in getting traditional/metal braces, give us a call! Omar Orthodontics provides a suite of orthodontic options for patients and our doctor will personally advise you on the best options for your personal needs. Our Chantilly orthodontist is one of the best braces providers in the area and she will make sure to answer all your questions at your consultation. Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all mentality when it comes to braces, so it’s important to see a professional about the right appliance for you and your lifestyle.  

      google
      Rodney Wrice
      July 11, 2023

      I don't even know where to start. My experience at Omar Orthodontics has been nothing short of amazing. Dr. Omar and her staff are the best human beings on the planet. They are so transparent, lively, and fun, that it is bittersweet when it comes time to end treatment. I felt like I was part of the staff there and Melanie is the funniest person ever. I can't rave about this place enough. From when you first walk in, it's just positivity and great vibes from everyone there.I also love how Dr. Omar and her staff aren't afraid to have fun when the patients are around. This honestly makes me want to go into orthodontics and work here. If you're thinking about getting braces or doing any sort of orthodontic treatment, you'd be doing yourself a disservice for not going here. It was well worth the drive all the way from Manassas.Also, a HUGE thank you to Dr. Omar, Melanie, and the rest of the staff for helping me achieve a perfectly straight smile! I appreciate you all so much!

      google
      Desray Michelle
      July 6, 2023

      I feel like heaven every time I come in here, this is the most entertaining place I have ever been in my life. The girls at the front are very entertaining and they make me want to get my braces 200000 more times. Dr Omar is cool too. Xoxo Gossip Girl.

      google
      Tiffany Yeckel
      May 5, 2023

      Awesome practice; from the admin staff at check-in to the clinical staff and Dr. Omar!! My daughter’s first visit was very streamline and straightforward. I appreciate and respect Dr. Omar’s treatment plan on waiting a few months before re-evaluating and beginning treatment on my daughter. Shows that she values each patient’s care individually. Everyone was so sweet to my daughter and even ran out to bring her a sticker when they saw her cry walking to the car because she really wanted braces. Talk about service! This place is absolutely top notch and we will absolutely be back for both of my children as they get older. Thank you Dr Omar and team!!

       

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