About Metal Braces with Dr. Oleg Drut
Metal braces are the traditional braces commonly worn by most people seeking orthodontic treatment. These braces tend to work best, but they are visible. Metal braces can be used to treat all orthodontic problems, including issues with misaligned bites or jaws and crooked teeth. Today, metal braces are sleeker and more comfortable than they have been in the past. You can have fun with metal braces by switching up the colors of the ligatures. Metal braces, or metal brackets, are generally faster and less expensive than other treatment options.
How Metal Braces Work
Your orthodontist will first clean the surface of your teeth. Afterward, the doctor will place a special solution on the surface of your teeth to make the enamel more susceptible to the orthodontic glue. After this is done, the orthodontist will place some glue on the metal bracket base and place the bracket on your teeth. That’s it! An assistant will shine a special blue light to make the glue set quicker and your teeth are ready for the placement of the wires and colored ties.
Depending on the unique situation of your teeth, the formation of these brackets may be customized specifically to your mouth. Over time, the wires become slightly loosened, that is why you need periodic appointments for adjustments and to track your progress.
Metal Braces Advantages and Disadvantages
Although metal braces are the most common and widely used type of braces, there are other options available as well, such as Invisalign, ceramic braces and Incognito lingual braces (braces on the inside of the teeth.)
Metal braces have some advantages over other types of braces. For one, they generally cost less than other types, and insurance is generally more helpful with covering costs. In addition, the amount of time you have to wear them is usually shorter than other types of braces or Invisalign. Metal braces typically break less than other types as well. Finally, you can have fun with metal braces by choosing different colors for them.
On the other hand, disadvantages to metal braces also exist. For people deciding which braces to get, these minor disadvantages may be enough to sway them to choose an alternative. Unlike ceramic braces or Invisalign, metal braces are more noticeable. In addition, your teeth may be sore for up to a week after getting metal braces on or after each periodic appointment to get them tightened. Some people never feel any discomfort, while some people feel more; it depends on the individual. Compared to Invisalign, some patients find traditional braces harder to clean. Again, this depends on the patient and his or her preferences.
Something to keep in mind is that accidents do happen and braces may break, though that is uncommon. The best way to prevent a potential break is to avoid playing rough contact sports (or to wear an orthodontic mouthguard when you do) and to avoid eating certain foods. Most people wear metal braces with no problems whatsoever and eventually even get used to them.
Our patients are delighted to see that their smile looks perfect once the braces come off at the end of their treatment. So if you want to get a perfect smile in the shortest period of time for the lowest price, metal braces are the treatment for you. Make sure to choose a qualified, experienced orthodontic specialist for treatment.
How to Clean Teeth with Metal Braces
To get the most out of your treatment, remember to continue to visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings. With your participation in maintaining proper oral hygiene, we can get you the smile you have always wanted.
The work begins with you, so be diligent in keeping good dental care at home and whenever possible to prevent damage to your teeth. The first thing you can do is start off by brushing each and every surface of your teeth. You can do so by creating small, circular brushing patterns. To reach the area between the wire and teeth, angle the brush accordingly. Do not forget the area between the gums and the braces. Metal braces tend to have hooks, and those areas tend to accumulate food particles there. Also, do not forget about the surface of your tongue and the roof of your mouth. Those areas accumulate food particles and bacteria that can contribute to bad breath if they are not cleaned.
Your teeth need to be brushed and flossed after each meal, each snack and before bedtime. If you have the opportunity, use water to rinse your mouth throughout the day. Finally, rinsing your mouth with a fluoride mouthwash gives an added benefit that brushing alone cannot provide.
There are a variety of tools that are sold to allow you to better and more easily clean your teeth and braces. Flossing is crucial to the well-being of your teeth. With braces on, it may be beneficial to purchase a floss threader or to floss with a sturdy tip to allow you to pull the floss under the wire of the braces. Cup the floss in a c-shape around each tooth and gently maneuver it under the gum line, moving it up and down along the side of each individual tooth. Another important tool is the proxy-tip brush, which is used to get food particles out from those hard-to-reach places between the wire and the space between teeth. These tools will ultimately help prevent gum inflammation and disease, cavities and delays in treatment time.
To learn more about metal braces, contact us at Diamond Braces today. Our orthodontists have many years of experience and can help you feel and look your best with your brightest and healthiest smile. Call 201.308.8181 to learn more or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment now.