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Traditional Braces

Traditional Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces used by orthodontists. They typically offer the fastest results, are durable, and affordable.

How Metal Braces Work

Metal braces work by using force and pressure to move the teeth. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces consist of brackets, a bonding material to attach the brackets to the teeth, wire to connect the brackets, and o-rings to hold the wire onto the brackets. In order to move the teeth into the desired positions, frequent adjustments are made by your orthodontist.

Advantages of Metal Braces

Shorter Treatment Time

Compared to other types of braces, metal braces typically have a shorter treatment time. The materials that make up metal braces are stronger and are able to move your teeth more efficiently. Treatment time is usually between 6 and 18 months.  

Metal Braces Are Usually Stronger

Known for their durability, metal braces are less likely to chip or crack compared to the damage that ceramic braces can undergo. This also means less visits to the orthodontist to get a problem fixed. Another perk is that you don’t have to be quite as careful with the different foods that you eat, as metal braces are so strong.

Price

Traditional braces are typically the most affordable option. You can save a considerable amount by choosing metal braces over ceramic or Invisalign.

Care for Metal Braces

Metal braces need special care in order to cut down on accidental orthodontist visits due to damage.

Eating and Drinking

You don’t have to completely change your eating habits when you get braces. However, there are some minor adjustments that you will want to make to ensure that you don’t break or bend your wires.

  • Hard foods and tough meats- You don’t have to completely avoid hard foods and tough meats. An option is to slice them into bite-size pieces before consuming to avoid any damage to your braces. For items such as corn on the cob, apples, or chicken wings, strip them instead of biting down on them with your front teeth.
  • Chewing style- Instead of chewing with your front teeth and possibly risk snapping a bracket or wire, place foods in the back of your mouth and chew with only your back teeth.
  • Sugar- It’s best to avoid sugar, or brush/rinse after eating it. Sugary foods can get stuck in between your braces and cause cavities or gingivitis later on.

Regular and Thorough Cleaning

Regular and thorough teeth cleaning is crucial when wearing braces. Make sure to brush your teeth 2-3 times per day, ideally after meals. Flossing is also very important. You can use a threader or other special tool to make this a little easier. Flossing gets rid of the residue and harmful germs that can live between your teeth, eventually leading to cavities and tooth decay.

Additional Care

Rubber bands are very important for your orthodontic treatment. They help to align your bite, and most should be worn 24 hours a day. You can, however, take them out to brush your teeth. Most elastics are not made for multiple uses, so change them as often as you are instructed to. Also, don’t double up on your rubber bands thinking it will move your teeth faster. Your orthodontist will give you the exact right strength band, and using more than one could do more harm than good.

Parris Orthodontics

For more information, call Parris Orthodontics. We have over 30 years of experience treating infants, children, teenagers, and adults. We love helping people achieve a beautiful, straight smile.

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