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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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    Kyisha Walker
    July 9, 2024

    Absolutely Fantastic experience. Dr. Omar is patient, engaging and friendly. Arielle G., Treatment Coordinator is fantastic. She is warm, inviting and explained each step of the treatment plan in detail making the process seamless. My little one didn't want braces but after meeting Arielle she is very excited. She is looking forward to getting her braces put on in August. The entire team displays a very welcoming and friendly attitude. Just what we were looking for in our search for an Orthodontist.

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    June 26, 2024

    I love the staff and everyone here!! They have made me feel so comfortable with the transition to braces. Glad I chose them!

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    T M Bowman
    June 17, 2024

    We absolutely couldn’t have selected a better team for our son’s braces. I spent quite some time researching and comparing different companies. Everything from price, speed of getting an appointment, their treatment strategy and bedside manner of the provider. They have been amazing to work with and we will continue to recommend them to our friends and family.

     

    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
      Kyisha Walker
      July 9, 2024

      Absolutely Fantastic experience. Dr. Omar is patient, engaging and friendly. Arielle G., Treatment Coordinator is fantastic. She is warm, inviting and explained each step of the treatment plan in detail making the process seamless. My little one didn't want braces but after meeting Arielle she is very excited. She is looking forward to getting her braces put on in August. The entire team displays a very welcoming and friendly attitude. Just what we were looking for in our search for an Orthodontist.

      google
      S
      June 26, 2024

      I love the staff and everyone here!! They have made me feel so comfortable with the transition to braces. Glad I chose them!

      google
      T M Bowman
      June 17, 2024

      We absolutely couldn’t have selected a better team for our son’s braces. I spent quite some time researching and comparing different companies. Everything from price, speed of getting an appointment, their treatment strategy and bedside manner of the provider. They have been amazing to work with and we will continue to recommend them to our friends and family.

       

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