Traditional metal braces are the most effective solution for straightening teeth, even though they may not be the most visually attractive. When the teeth are severely misaligned, traditional braces may be the only orthodontic option that can straighten them effectively. And with the recent advancements in orthodontics, metal braces have become more visually appealing, more affordable, and more effective.
Metal braces consist of small metal brackets fixed to the front of each tooth with special adhesive cement. The back molar teeth may need a metal band wrapped around the whole tooth instead of a bracket. The metallic wires are then strung onto the brackets, tightened, and held in place with colorful rubber bands called ligatures. To move the jaw into place, separate removable rubber bands may be needed. During each appointment, the orthodontist will check your progress, adjust the wires and replace the colorful rubber bands.
Following an initial consultation with our dentist, a customized plan will be developed based on your needs. The dentist will thoroughly clean and prepare your teeth before fixing the metal brackets in the next appointment. A bonding agent is smeared to your teeth before putting on the metal brackets. Once all the brackets are fixed in place, a metal wire is threaded through all the brackets, tightened, and colorful rubber bands are used to keep them in position. The elastic rubber bands will keep the wires connected to the metal brackets, and they work to straighten the teeth by shifting them slowly to their planned locations. The patient should visit their dentist at least once a month to check the progress and get the alterations done.
The cleaning and flossing of your teeth may become tougher with the metal brackets on. Nevertheless, good oral hygiene is very crucial for your orthodontic treatment. After the braces are fitted, the dentist will instruct you on cleaning and maintaining your teeth. As a general rule, it is suggested that you floss and brush your teeth after each meal. To get the desired outcome, it is imperative to keep all your dental appointments regularly. Typically, most patients wear braces for one to two years. However, your treatment period will depend on the severity of your condition.
Once the treatment is completed, the braces will be removed, and you will be fitted with a retainer. The retainers are meant to keep your teeth in their new position.
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