Metal Braces: The Traditional and Most Common Type of Braces
Metal braces are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.
Components of Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional braces are made of high quality stainless steel or titanium. The three main components of braces are:
- Brackets — Brackets are attached to the teeth using special glue that bonds them to the tooth and holds them in place.
- Archwires —The archwire is the thin metal wire that connects each bracket and puts pressure on the teeth to help guide them into place.
- Ligatures —The ligatures are the coloured ties that hold the archwires to the brackets. Your ligatures will be changed at each appointment.
How Do Braces Work?
Once on your teeth, braces exert constant pressure which helps move your teeth into the proper position. At each appointment, your orthodontist may adjust the archwires. In addition to braces, some patients may need to wear elastics or springs.
Benefits of Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces offer a reliable, cost effective treatment option and can be used to treat the most severe malocclusions.
If you don’t mind the look of traditional metal braces then this could be the solution for you.
Metal Braces for All Ages
Traditional braces are still the most popular, quickest, and most cost-effective orthodontic treatment available. Although we do have many other treatment options available for those over the age of 13, metal braces allow you to show off personality with coloured ligature elastics.
Doctors Floreani, O’Toole & Dool can help you determine which treatment will best fit your individual needs. Please contact our office to schedule a FREE consultation and learn more about how we can help you achieve your straight smile.
Patients of all ages can rely on metal braces to achieve a healthy, beautiful & straight smile.