How do Metal Braces Work?
Mental braces consist of metal brackets affixed to each tooth with a nontoxic dental cement. A bracket wrapped around the back molar helps to keep the other brackets in place. The brackets on the teeth are connected with archwires and rubber elastic bands, which work together to pull the teeth into place gradually.
Metal braces are most often made with stainless steel or combined with titanium, making them a durable option and the preferable one for children. The elastic bands with the metal braces are available in a wide range of colors so that they can be customized to your aesthetics.
Pros of Metal Braces
There are many pros that come with opting for metal braces. Metal braces are more effective than other options when treating severe overcrowding. Your orthodontist will be able to move the teeth in small increments, which allows for better control of the treatment. Metal braces also remain the most affordable option for teeth straightening.
Taking Care of Metal Braces
If you choose to have metal braces, some basic care guidelines will need to be followed to ensure that the treatment is effective and you protect your teeth against decay. With metal braces, you will need to:
- Avoid Certain Foods: You will need to avoid foods that can damage your braces, such as chewy, sticky foods like caramel. You will also need to avoid hard, crunchy food, such as nuts, that could damage the wires.
- Regularly Brush and Floss: While proper teeth hygiene is essential, it can be even more crucial when you have metal braces. Debris can easily be caught in the brackets of your braces, leading to tooth staining and tooth decay if not removed. Being adamant about removing debris from all the crevices of your braces will help keep your teeth in good health to maximize your results when the straightening is complete.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you are ready to straighten your smile and are considering metal braces, Dr. Heidari is here to give you the smile you deserve. Contact our office to schedule an in-person appointment or set up a virtual consultation to discuss the best treatment plan to get you the smile you have always wanted.