The Facts About Traditional Metal Braces
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.
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.