Metal Braces

Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces to help straighten teeth

Metal braces are universally used, by both adults and children, to straighten and align teeth, and improve their function, appearance and oral health.

Some teeth don’t erupt in the same way, angle and position as the others, causing deep bites, cross bites, mis-aligned teeth and even unsightly gaps.

Metal braces remedy this by the use of attachments ,which impose gentle pressure to realign teeth to a more favourable position. Metal braces are also used to create extra space for dental bridges and implants.

Treatment length varies according to the complexity of the work and the degree of tooth movement required.

The treatment

Firstly, stainless steel brackets are manoeuvred into position, then affixed to teeth with bespoke dental cement, by an orthodontic expert. Next, wires (either stainless steel or titanium) that slot into the brackets are attached with elastic rubber bands, that create the slight forces that move the teeth into the right position.

Periodically, larger elastic bands are used for more complex positional adjustments. Metal braces are attached to the front of the teeth, so are more visible than other treatment methods, but are relatively less expensive.

Modern brackets are smaller, less visible and easier to clean. However, if you are concerned about the appearance of metal braces, we offer a number of alternatives, such as ceramic braces, Invisalign and Incognito orthodontic systems.

What are the advantages of metal braces?

They are the quickest and cheapest option.

How long do I have to wear braces?

it depends on how much realignment is needed. Commonly, treatment is from 6 months – 24 months.

How do I take care of my braces?

Oral hygiene is very important while wearing braces, especially if they’re fixed. Please see your hygienist regularly.

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