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Metal Braces

Metal braces is the conventional and the most commonly chosen orthodontic option. Successful orthodontic treatment requires a consistent, cooperative effort by both the orthodontist and patient. To successfully complete the treatment plan, the patient must carefully clean his or her teeth, wear rubber bands, headgear or other appliances as prescribed by the orthodontist, and keep appointments as scheduled.

To keep teeth and gums healthy, regular visits to the family dentist must continue during orthodontic treatment. Adults who have a history of or concerns about periodontal (gum) disease might also see a periodontist (specialist in treating diseases of the gums and bone) on a regular basis throughout orthodontic treatment.

During these regular visits, appliances are checked and o-rings changed and adjusted. Damaged appliances can lengthen the treatment time and may undesirably affect the outcome of treatment. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their desired positions if the patient consistently wears the correct adjusted forces to the teeth.

In recent years, many advances in orthodontic technologies and materials have taken place. Metal braces are smaller and more efficient. The metal wires now being used are no longer just stainless steel. They are made of alloys of nickel, titanium, copper and cobalt, and some of the wires are heat-activated. These new kinds of wires cause the teeth to continue to move during certain phases of treatment. In addition, fixed braces on the front teeth typically have only the bracket bonded directly to the tooth, minimizing the “tin grin”. These “space age” materials advancements exert a steady, gentle pressure on the teeth, so that the tooth-moving process may be faster and more comfortable for patients.

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Benefits of Metal Braces

  • Metal braces is a less expensive option for orthodontic treatment compared to other orthodontic fixed braces options.
  • It may be used to correct a wide spectrum of issues including some of the most difficult orthodontic problems. 
  • As the braces is fixed and conventional, it provides for predictable and stable if treated by a trained and skilled orthodontist. Metal braces is one of the most common orthodontic device used for straightening teeth and resolving bite abnormalities.
  • You are able to change the color of elastics to match with any occasion making it fun and fashionable.
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Procedure for Metal Braces Treatment

  1. First evaluation and diagnosis
    • Medical records are made including a panoramic x-ray and celphlometric x-ray and study model
    • An appropriate treatment plan is made based on analysis of the gathered information that is discussed with you
  2. Pre-orthodontic treatment
    • Any required pre-orthodontic treatment is done such as tooth extraction, gum treatment or teeth scaling
  3. Fitting of braces
    • Once any required pre-orthodontic treatment is completed, the metal braces are placed on with bands that applies the forces required to align teeth
  4. Go for your regular monthly checkup 
    • Your orthodontist changes the elastic o-rings at each visit and adjust tighten wires
  5. Removal of metal braces and wearing of retainers 
    • Panoramic x-rays are taken on post treatment results
    • An impression is taken of your new bite to make retainers
    • The retainers should be worn during night time or as directed by your orthodontist to prevent relapses


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Recovery Expectations

Most people have some discomfort after their fixed braces are first put on and/or after after of their elastic adjustment visits. During the first few days when braces are on, teeth feel sore and tender due to new biting forces pressures.

Some people may have a headache or jaw ache, you can usually manage this discomfort with pain medication. The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces.

Care for Metal Fixed Braces

  1. Patients with fixed braces must be careful to avoid hard and sticky foods that can cause teeth decay as they are more difficult to clean
  2. Please do not chew on pens, pencils or fingernails. Chewing on hard things can damage the braces. This will and can almost always cause treatment to take longer.
  3. Teeth and braces would need to be kept cleaned every day. You will need to maintain discipline and go for your monthly dentist adjustment visit for teeth alignment to be sucessful.  
  4. Follow your orthodontist directions on how often to brush, how often to floss and use other cleaning aids to help maintain good oral health and gums.

Types of Braces

Metal Braces
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Clear Braces
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Self-Ligating Braces
Speed braces
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Lingual Braces
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Conclusion to Metal Braces

Metal braces is the conventional fixed braces option. At BIDC, all orthodontics are treated by orthodontists. Brackets, archwire and elastic o-rings are used to shift teeth positioning into place. Metal braces has a long-standing history to successfully treatment many most case indications. 

Advances in orthodontic technologies has now made metal braces smaller and more comfortable. Other braces options such as self-ligating braces, clear braces and invisalign aligners has evolved that makes orthodontic treatments faster and less invasive. Retainers should always be worn after completion of metal braces.

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