So, you need braces. Well, you’ve come to the right place. At Class 1 Orthodontics, our specialist orthodontists have been straightening teeth for more than 20 years. They know a thing or two about the different appliances available and which one would be best for you.
For many of our patients, the traditional method of metal braces is still a great option. Here’s how they work.
What are metal braces?
Metal braces are what most people associate with orthodontic treatment. They have brackets attached to the front of your teeth with a thin archwire connecting them. The method also uses elastic bands which help to apply gentle pressure to the brackets and archwires to move your teeth into position.
It’s a relatively simple method which is incredibly effective and one we continue to get great results with.
Who are metal braces suitable for?
Metal braces are suitable for everyone. They can fix both major and minor orthodontic problems in children, teens and adults. Children can also have fun with them by choosing different coloured elastic bands to liven up their braces.
Other orthodontic appliances on the market, such as clear braces and Invisalign have meant metal braces sometimes get overlooked by patients. This is understandable because to be fair, metal braces aren’t the most discreet of treatment options. The brackets and archwires are visible and you can’t take them off to brush and floss your teeth, like you can with Invisalign aligners.
That’s not to say they don’t have their benefits and at Class 1 Orthodontics we believe they have a lot going for them. Here’s why:
Less clunky and uncomfortable than ever before. Traditionally, metal braces were considered very obvious and extremely annoying but today they're different. Thanks to advances in orthodontic technology, braces are less obvious and more tolerable.
Still a very common treatment option. Metal braces are still the most common treatment option among children and teens due to the popular reputation the appliance has developed worldwide.
The wire does most of the work. Braces are a sophisticated treatment option. Each tooth has its own bracket designed to achieve the correct position and angle. The brackets and bands are connected by a very thin wire and this is what is adjusted in regular intervals to ultimately move your teeth into their desired position.
You can still maintain good dental hygiene. The tricky part about braces treatment is making sure you brush and floss regularly, but it is possible. If you let your oral hygiene slip, you may be left with bacterial build up and we don’t want that! Although your teeth can be harder to get to when wearing braces, we’ll give you some top tips to make keeping them clean easy.
They're affordable. Traditional metal braces remain one of the most affordable treatment options, and because they achieve such good results, they’re great value for money.
To find out more about traditional metal braces and how they could benefit you, book a free consultation with our team at Class 1 Orthodontics today. We can’t wait to start you on your journey to a new smile.
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