Traditional metal braces remain a very popular choice for their affordability and performance and are still recognized as the most common orthodontic technique. Today’s metal braces have evolved to offer an experience more comfortable and customizable than ever before.
What are traditional braces?
With metal braces, stainless steel brackets and wires are used and work by placing constant and gentle pressure on the teeth. Over time, this pressure shifts your teeth into optimal alignment.
There are four components of traditional braces:
- The metal piece that attaches to the tooth and arch wire, called the bracket
- The bond that cements the bracket to the tooth
- The arch wire that runs across the entire upper or lower arch and through each bracket
- The ligature elastic, which fits around each bracket and holds the arch wire in place
During your adjustment appointments, your orthodontist will check to make sure that every component of your appliance is in place and that your treatment is going to plan. Your orthodontist will then adjust your braces that will continue to shift your teeth into proper alignment. Some patients may experience minimal discomfort after an adjustment, but most patients forget they are even wearing braces.
The ligature elastics, ties, and brackets are offered in a variety of colors and can be changed during adjustments. This is a fun and special way to show off your orthodontic treatment and gives you the opportunity to show off your unique style.
We value our patients and their loved ones, and we strive to give our patients a smile that is healthy, straight, and beautiful. If you are interested in braces for you or your child, we encourage you to contact our office. We can schedule a complimentary consultation with you and come up with a treatment plan that suits your needs, lifestyle, and budget.