Today’s metal braces are better than ever. With lower profile brackets and advanced archwire technology that moves teeth faster and more effectively, the experience of having braces today is nothing like what it was in decades past. Even with new options for straightening teeth readily available, metal braces remain the most popular orthodontic treatment because they work well and they’re cost-effective.
We use metal braces to correct a wide range of orthodontic issues, including misaligned teeth, underbites, crossbites, open-bites, and overbites with excellent results. Metal braces are stronger and more durable than ceramic brackets, and they are more affordable too. Unlike clear aligners, braces work 24/7, while aligners only work when you’re wearing them. This makes metal braces a better choice for younger patients who may have trouble complying with aligner therapy.
Every orthodontic case is slightly different, so treatment times for braces vary from person to person. You’ll come to our office every four to six weeks so we can adjust your archwires and change the elastic ties that attach the wires to your brackets. We’ll also make sure your treatment is on the right track and that your teeth are shifting into their new positions. Once you’ve completed your orthodontic treatment, we’ll provide you with a fixed or removable retainer to maintain your beautiful smile for a lifetime.
Frequently Asked Questions About Metal Braces
Are metal braces the best?
There’s no one-size-fits-all orthodontic treatment that’s the best for every patient. Metal braces are the best option for some people, while others may be better served by different types of treatments. For patients with complex orthodontic issues, metal braces are often the best solution.
Which type of braces are the fastest?
Generally speaking, metal braces tend to work faster than other treatment options. Unlike plastic aligners, metal braces can’t be removed, so they’re doing the job of straightening your teeth all day long. Because braces exert constant pressure to shift your teeth, treatment time is expedited.
What can’t you eat with braces?
Avoid any foods that have the potential to stick to your brackets or break them off—essentially, anything that is too hard, too chewy, or too sticky. Corn-on-the-cob, whole apples, gum, popcorn, and caramels are at the top of the list when it comes to foods to avoid, but we’ll give you a full rundown when you get your braces.
Do braces change your face?
Yes, by changing your bite, your face will change too—but for the better. After orthodontic treatment, your mouth and jawline will have an improved appearance and better symmetry.
How long do braces take to straighten teeth?
The answer to this question depends on the orthodontic issues being corrected. Slight misalignments may take under a year to correct with metal braces, while the most complex cases could take up to three years of treatment. Most patients have treatment times falling somewhere in the middle, averaging about 24 months.