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The Facts About Traditional Metal Braces

For Malocclusion, Crowding, Spacing, and Misalignments

Modern traditional metal braces are smaller, sleeker, and more comfortable than those of previous generations. They are efficient at correcting mild to complex bite problems, adjusting teeth alignment, and fixing crowding and spacing issues. They are the most economical for parents.

They are popular among adolescents and teenagers because patients can create a colorful smile with their favorite elastics colors. Children who wear traditional metal braces, take good care of their oral health, and wear their retainer after treatment completion can enjoy comfortable oral function and a good-looking smile throughout life.

How It Works

For this therapy, a bracket is cemented to every tooth that needs repositioning. An archwire threaded through the brackets places a precisely calibrated, gentle, consistent force on the brackets. The wires move through ligatures (elastics or metal ties). Consistent force, 24/7, on teeth roots stimulates bone softening, so teeth move into their ideal alignment. Treatment usually takes 24 months, and traditional metal braces are often the least costly treatment option.

Patient Responsibilities

A patient who follows Dr. Tun’s prescribed guidelines for braces is considered compliant. Non-compliance can delay treatment completion.

Patients wearing traditional metal braces must:

  • Thoroughly clean teeth and braces after every meal

  • Avoid sticky, chewy, and hard foods

  • Avoid soft drinks 

  • Not chew on fingernails, pen caps, or other objects

  • Chop up first if you eat steak or apple

  • Attend regular six-month checkups and cleanings at her general dentist’s office

  • Attend scheduled, four or six-week adjustment appointments with Dr. Tun

  • Call us for braces repair if any component breaks, hurts your mouth, or dislodges


Are traditional metal braces painful?

Patients experience temporary mouth soreness after braces are first placed, then following adjustment appointments. Usually, soreness subsides within 24-48 hours. Over-the-counter pain relievers (NSAIDs) taken according to label instructions will reduce discomfort.

Can braces break or bend?

Absolutely! You use your mouth to bite and chew, so brackets and ligatures may break, and wires can bend. If pieces of your braces come off, gather them in an envelope and bring them when you come into the office. These Tips for Living with Braces explain how to handle poking wires and brackets that irritate soft oral tissues.

How long does treatment take?

Orthodontic therapy with traditional metal braces, for children and adults, takes approximately 24 months, in most cases.

Why are traditional braces the best?

Though clear aligners are a popular alternative, traditional metal braces are the most trusted, predictable, and effective treatment option.

How often do traditional braces need adjustments?

Dr. Tun will let you know how often to schedule adjustment visits, but normally they are four to six weeks apart.

Get Answers About Traditional Metal Braces

You may have additional questions about traditional metal braces for yourself, your teenager, or your child. Call Harmony Orthodontics in Tomball at 832-699-3683 today to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with Dr. Wint W. Tun. She will take time to answer all of your questions and advise you on the best treatment option.