Traditional metal braces have long been the original form of orthodontic treatment and they are so successful that they are still widely used in patients today to correct a myriad of different alignment and jaw problems.
Braces tend to be most often seen on adolescents. This is because dentists and orthodontists agree the cosmetic and health benefits associated a corrected bite and straighter teeth will begin sooner and be enjoyed much longer. Since so many teenagers have them, there is much less stigma attached to the appearance of braces that there once was. The design itself has also improved significantly, and patients can benefit from having some choice over different colors in their braces, making them more of a fashion statement than a dental treatment. However, it isn’t just teenagers that can benefit from metal braces. Plenty of adults who have bite or misalignment issues with their teeth opt for them too.
Patients who have had their orthodontic issues addressed using metal braces find that at the end of their treatment, they have renewed confidence in their teeth and appearance. This is something that boosts their self-esteem and enables them to journey forwards into adulthood with a healthy, attractive and confident smile.
What are metal braces?
Conventional metal braces are made up of three key components. These are:
Small metal brackets that are bonded to the outside of your teeth
A thin metal wire that connects the brackets across the arch
Small elastic bands which are placed around the brackets
Each element of these braces works in conjunction with one another to apply gentle pressure to the teeth to move them into the desired position. Braces can be applied to the upper arch, the lower arch or both. When both arches have the metal brace it is often known as ‘train tracks’.
When you wear metal braces you will need to make fairly regular trips to our offices to have adjustments made. These change the way that pressure is placed onto the teeth and will help ensure that they are guided into the correct position. Typically you can expect one adjustment every 8 weeks, but this may vary.
What issues can metal braces help to address?
Metal braces can successfully help to correct a number of different orthodontic problems. These include:
An overbite. This is where the teeth in the upper jaw protrude over the lower jaw when the mouth is closed.
An underbite. This is where the teeth in the lower jaw protrude further than those in the upper jaw when the mouth is closed.
A crossbite. This is where the two sets of teeth don’t meet correctly when the mouth is closed.
Closing small gaps between the teeth. This is important for dental health as well as cosmestic enhancement since decay is more common in hard to clean spaced between the teeth.
Ear and jaw pain caused by bite problems.
Uneven wear on the teeth caused by bite problems.
Speech difficulties caused by the positioning of the teeth.
How long will I need to wear metal braces?
The exact length of your program of orthodontic treatment will vary depending on the extent that your teeth need to move and how quickly your teeth respond. In most cases, patients can expect to wear their brace for between 12 and 24 months. Our experienced team will be able to give you an approximate timeframe for your treatment at your consultation, and will keep you updated if this changes.
Can metal braces be removed?
Metal braces are a fixed appliance. This means that they need to be attached to your teeth by our experienced dental team and cannot be removed by anyone other than a professional. Each adjustment made as part of the treatment program will also need to be made by our dental team.
Am I a good candidate for metal braces?
If you are suffering from alignment or bite problems, metal braces could be the solution that you are looking for. Each patient has their suitability for this orthodontic treatment assessed on a case by case basis. If you would like to schedule your confidential consultation, please make an appointment at our New York offices today by calling (929) 236-9500.