Metal Braces: Are they worth it?

The thought of wearing traditional metal braces might make you shudder

Thanks to advances in the field of orthodontics, modern braces are actually much more comfortable than they used to be.

Technological improvements in dental materials mean that the brackets that are bonded onto the surface of the teeth can now be made much smaller than before. If you’d like to straighten your smile, it’s worth considering metal braces. Here’s what you need to know about this effective treatment…

What type of braces are available?

At Simply Orthodontics, we offer Damon braces.  Damon braces use a self-ligating (‘sliding-gate’) mechanism to hold the wire in place.  Because of the way in which the brackets are designed, your intervals between treatments can be increased without any effect on your treatment. The metal braces are made from high-grade stainless steel that is strong and durable. For teenagers and children, we offer coloured bands that can be placed around the metal braces. This adds a bit of fun and creativity, and can be customised to the patient’s own taste!  The Damon System is also available in clear brackets for patients wanting a cosmetic alternative.

How do I know if braces are right for me?

Braces work by exerting pressure on the teeth, gradually moving them into new positions. As your teeth shift, the shape of your bone also changes. This means that they are a highly effective orthodontic treatment, particularly for misaligned teeth.

Before you or your child undergoes orthodontic treatment, there’ll be an initial consultation. At this time, you can discuss any concerns or questions you might have with your orthodontist. Your orthodontist will also make use of your visual and radiographic records, as well as a full clinical assessment, to come up with a customised treatment plan best suited to your needs and expectations.

What does the process involve?

After the initial consultation, you’ll come in for a fitting appointment. At this appointment, your braces will be fitted and your orthodontist will show you how to care for your teeth during treatment. After around six to eight weeks, you’ll come in again so that your orthodontist can check the progress of your treatment. Adjustments may also be made at this appointment, and you’ll be asked to return for regular check-ups until your treatment is complete.

Every time you come in for an appointment, your orthodontist will replace your modules, so if you have noticed any staining from foods and drinks, you can get rid of any discolouration at this stage.

Once you have worn your braces for the recommended length of time and your bite and smile is ideal, you’ll come in for what is known as a deband appointment. The process of removing braces is fairly quick and simple. When your braces have been removed, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and polished to ensure the bonding resin is removed from the surface of your teeth. A set of impressions is then taken so that a new set of retainers can be made to fit your mouth.

What happens after my braces have been removed?

Once your braces have removed, you will need to wear a retainer for some time afterwards. It is essential that you follow your orthodontist’s instructions when it comes to wearing your retainer, as relapse can occur if retainers are not worn correctly and for the recommended length of time. Retainers help to keep your teeth in their new, straight position and prevent the teeth from shifting out of place. You’ll come in for a few retainer check-up appointments following the removal of your braces, so that your orthodontist can make sure that the position of your teeth remains stable.

Are you interested in straightening your smile with traditional braces? Contact us today to arrange a consultation.