Traditional metal braces

Traditional metal braces

When it comes to straightening your teeth, you want a fast, efficient, and comfortable solution. While you have many orthodontic appliances to choose from, traditional metal braces are among the most common and effective treatment options. At Henderson Orthodontics, we are proud to help patients of all ages adjust their smiles with the help of traditional braces. Dr. Henderson has years of experience providing expert orthodontic care to help you feel comfortable at every step of the treatment process. Read on for more info on metal braces, or click to learn about other types of braces and orthodontic treatments.

How do metal braces work?

Metal braces adjust the alignment of your teeth through the use of an archwire threaded through bonded metal brackets. Dr. Henderson will tighten this wire periodically to place pressure on different parts of your teeth. Over time, your jaw will conform to the pressure, and your teeth will shift into a straighter position.

Are you a good candidate for metal braces?

Braces are an ideal treatment option for teens and adults. You may be a good candidate for braces if you experience:

  • Crooked teeth.
  • Bite issues such as overbite, underbite or crossbite.
  • Spacing issues such as gaps and overcrowding.

What are the advantages of traditional metal braces?

Many patients believe that braces are only beneficial for cosmetic reasons. While having straighter teeth does improve the appearance of your smile, braces provide many additional benefits, such as:

  • Improve the health of your teeth and gums.
  • Prevent jawbone erosion.
  • Stop your teeth from making whistling sounds when you speak.

Tips for metal braces care

After Dr. Henderson applies your braces, he will schedule regular appointments to examine and tighten your braces. It’s essential to attend these appointments to ensure your treatment progresses correctly. You can care for your braces by avoiding sticky, sugary and hard foods that may become stuck or cause damage to your braces. It is also good to brush your teeth after each meal to remove food debris from your braces. Avoid toothpaste or mouthwash with abrasive ingredients, which can cause damage.

How much do metal braces cost?

The cost of your metal braces will vary from patient to patient. Your insurance plan and if you require additional imaging or X-rays may affect the final bill for your treatment. Remember that braces are an investment in your dental health. Straighter teeth allow for easier cleaning leading to fewer cavities and costly visits to your dentist’s office.