When it comes to straightening teeth, metal braces are the most simple, effective and produce fantastic results.
If you are considering getting orthodontic treatment, we here at Crown Dental Group want to make sure you know what all your options are.
Why do people need braces?
Braces are commonly used to straighten and align crooked teeth or to correct overbites and underbites. Crooked or overcrowded teeth can impact the self-esteem of a young growing teen, as well as affect their overall oral health. Overcrowded teeth will make it harder to clean teeth correctly and an overbite or an underbite can cause many issues such as a speech impediment and potential discomfort when chewing because their jaw doesn’t align correctly.
What are Metal Braces?
Metal braces are the most common type of braces, you are most likely familiar with what they look like, they are easily recognisable. Metal braces consist of a few main components, brackets, bands, wires, ligatures and elastics. They are made of high-grade stainless steel.
The brackets are the small metal fixtures that are bonded to each tooth using a dental adhesive. Brackets will remain on the teeth for the entire orthodontic treatment. The brackets are what help encourage the movement of the teeth to the desired position.
Bands are a variant of the bracket; they perform the same function as a bracket does. Bands provide extra stability on those areas of the jaw that require it. Normally, bands are only used on the molars or back teeth since they are typically larger and require a larger appliance.
Wires are the thin metal pieces that thread through each band and bracket along with the upper and lower teeth. They’re also known as archwire; these will have a specific shape formed in them to help pull or push each tooth into the desired position.
Ligatures are small, firm elastics that go over the top of the archwires on each bracket and band, their job is to secure the wire in place. Ligatures are often available in a wide variety of colours. This means you can personalise your braces and be a bit creative with your colour choices. Typically, ligatures are replaced at each dentist appointment.
Why choose Metal Braces?
If you’ve experienced discomfort due to misaligned teeth or struggled to clean overcrowded teeth, a set of braces might be what you need to solve these concerns that are causing a negative impact on your oral health’s well-being.
The Cost of Braces
Metal braces are almost always the best cost-effective option that is available on the market. Therefore, when cost is the biggest deciding factor, we can’t get away from recommending traditional metal braces as an orthodontic solution.
Whilst it may not be the most fashionable choice, we do however offer various cosmetic options which can enhance the experience.
In recent years, metal braces have grown more adaptable. In reality, depending on your preferences, you can make just about every component in the system in a certain colour. For example, golden brackets have become somewhat popular over the past 5 years.
Rubber ligatures are also no longer used, so our clients may sleep soundly knowing that these formerly harmful components will no longer stain or chip teeth during the treatment process. Metal braces are entirely self-ligating.
Metal braces are still one of the most durable orthodontic systems available. They seldom break after being correctly positioned, and it is even less likely with them being maintained on a monthly basis, with regular cleaning, adjustments, and inspections by your orthodontist.
Metal Braces in Rowville and Narre Warren, Victoria
When you come into our Rowville and Narre Warren practices, the team here at Crown Dental Group aim to ensure you feel comfortable and fully assured with your treatment and the processes involved. We want to help you achieve the smile of your dreams, whilst maintaining healthy oral practices.
Still have a few questions or want to book in for a consultation? Please contact Crown Dental Group or wish to make an enquiry, contact our team today.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are traditional metal braces used for?
Traditional braces are a reliable option for achieving a straighter, more confident smile. This treatment involves using brackets and wires to gradually shift teeth into their desired positions, resulting in a beautiful and healthy smile. Traditional braces have a proven track record of correcting a variety of dental issues, including overbites, underbites, crowding, and gaps, and can offer long-lasting results for a stunning smile.
Are traditional braces better than clear aligners?
Although less inconspicuous, traditional braces may be the superior choice for more severe or complicated orthodontic problems. They may also be more efficient in some instances as they allow for more precise control over the movement of teeth.
How long do metal braces last?
Fixed braces treatment typically lasts from 18 to 24 months, but it may extend up to three years for older patients or more complicated cases. Alternatively, individuals with minor issues may qualify for clear aligners and complete their treatment within 6 to 12 months. Regardless, the outcome of treatment will be a brighter, healthier smile.