Metal Braces are More Sleek Than Ever
There is a reason why metal braces have been around so long – they work! Metal braces are the most common type of braces for orthodontic patients. But today’s metal braces are much smaller, flatter, and more comfortable than in the past. Patients of all ages choose metal braces to help them achieve straight, beautiful smiles because they are efficient and reliable.
What are braces made of?
Traditional metal braces are made of high quality stainless steel or titanium. The three main parts of your braces are:
- Brackets — Brackets are attached to the teeth using special glue that bonds them to the tooth surface and holds them in place.
- Archwire — The Archwire is the thin metal wire that connects each bracket and puts pressure on the teeth to help guide them into place.
- Ligature Ties (also known as Ligature Elastics) — Ligature ties are the colored ties that hold the archwires to the brackets. Your orthodontist will change the ties at each appointment. Ligature ties may come in a variety of colors.
Gentle Pressure Makes for a Gorgeous Smile
Braces place a constant pressure on the teeth, and this force will guide the teeth to their proper positions. At each appointment, your archwires may be replaced to ensure the proper amount of force is being placed on the teeth. Some patients may also require the use of rubber bands to aid in treatment.
If during your treatment, you feel like your teeth are loose, don’t worry. This is normal and only temporary, and it means the braces are doing their job properly. Once the teeth are in their permanent locations, this sensation will go away.
Metal Braces for All Ages
Traditional metal braces are still the most popular option when it comes to braces. That’s because they are the quickest and most cost-effective orthodontic treatment available. Your orthodontist can help you determine what treatment is best for your individual case. Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment and learn more about how braces can enhance your smile.