Metal braces are the most common type of braces for orthodontic patients. 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.
What Braces are 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 Elastic (also known as the “rubber bands”) — Elastics, or rubber bands, are the colored ties that hold the archwires to the brackets. We will change the elastics at each appointment. Elastics come in a variety of colors.
How Braces Work
Once placed on your teeth, braces place constant pressure on your teeth, and the force of the pressure helps move teeth into proper position. At each appointment, we may tighten the archwires. In addition to braces, some patients may need to wear rubber bands or headgear. Patients wearing braces may notice their teeth feeling a little loose. This is normal and temporary; once the teeth are done moving this feeling will go away.
Metal Braces for All Ages
Traditional metal braces are a cost-effective orthodontic treatment. We will 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.
Having braces doesn't necessarily require highly noticeable metal brackets and wires. In fact, many of today's braces are made from either clear or natural tooth colored materials to provide patients with an attractive, less noticeable alternative to traditional braces.
What is the difference between clear braces and clear aligners?
Clear braces are the same as traditional metal braces except that they are clear! Clear braces are a less noticeable alternative to traditional metal braces and provide patients with an equally effective treatment.
Clear aligners are orthodontic devices that are a transparent, plastic form of dental braces used to adjust teeth. Each aligner moves the teeth in increments until the desired movement is achieved.
- Learn more about Invisalign - the clear alternative to braces
What are the advantages and disadvantages to clear braces?
As with any orthodontic treatment, it is important to choose the right option for your needs and lifestyle. Clear braces are a great alternative to traditional metal braces and we will help you determine whether they are the right treatment for you.
Advantages to clear braces:
- Appearance: Clear braces are much less noticeable than traditional metal braces. Clear braces offer an aesthetic alternative for patients seeking options other than traditional metal braces.
- Confidence: Many patients who choose clear braces feel more confident about their orthodontic treatment, especially knowing that people are focusing on their smiles rather than their braces.
Disadvantages to clear braces:
- Cost: Clear braces may cost more than traditional metal braces. We will offer you convenient payment plans to help control the costs of your treatment.
- Discoloration: The clear elastic ties used with clear braces may become slightly discolored when you drink tea, coffee, or wine, and eat certain foods or smoke. As a routine measure to keep the appearance of these elastic ties asethetically pleasing to you, we replace these ties at each visit, keeping your smile beautiful and fresh.
Are clear braces the right choice for my smile and me?
By talking to your orthodontic team, you can decide if clear braces are the right treatment for you. We can provide answers to your questions and extra information explaining the benefits of each treatment. If you would like to learn more about clear braces, and all of the options available to you, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment today.