Metal braces work by applying gentle and controlled pressure on the teeth, gradually shifting them into their desired positions. The archwire, which connects the brackets, provides the necessary force for teeth movement.
Metal braces, also known as traditional braces, are orthodontic devices made of stainless steel brackets and wires that are used to correct misaligned teeth and bite issues. They work by applying gentle and controlled pressure on the teeth, gradually shifting them into their desired positions. The archwire, which connects the brackets, provides the necessary force for teeth movement.
The duration of orthodontic treatment with metal braces varies depending on the individual’s specific dental condition. On average, treatment can last from 18 months to 3 years. Your orthodontist will provide a more accurate estimate after assessing your teeth.
Discomfort or soreness is common after the initial placement of metal braces and subsequent adjustments. However, over-the-counter pain relievers and orthodontic wax can help alleviate any discomfort. The discomfort typically subsides within a few days.
Yes, special care is required to maintain good oral hygiene with metal braces. Regular brushing, flossing, and using interdental brushes or floss threaders are essential. Your orthodontist may also recommend specific oral hygiene products.
While you can eat a variety of foods with metal braces, there are some restrictions. Hard, sticky, or chewy foods should be avoided to prevent damage to the braces. Your orthodontist will provide a list of recommended and restricted foods.Engaging in sports or playing musical instruments is possible with metal braces. However, it is advisable to wear a protective mouthguard during physical activities and discuss any concerns with your orthodontist for appropriate recommendations.
Other Orthodontic Options
While metal braces are a popular and effective choice for orthodontic treatment, there are other options available. Ceramic braces, lingual braces, and clear aligners like Invisalign are alternative options that offer a more discreet appearance. The best option for you will depend on your specific needs and the recommendation of your orthodontist.
Invisalign utilizes a sequence of clear, removable aligners, each custom-designed for your teeth’s current configuration and the final desired alignment and bite.
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