What Are Metal Braces?
Metal braces are an orthodontic treatment used to align the teeth and bite. This type of treatment is the traditional method of straightening teeth, but it remains the most effective option for treating a wide variety of orthodontic conditions. Metal braces consist of brackets that attach to the front of each tooth and an archwire that connects the brackets to shift them into the correct position.
Benefits of Metal Braces
Metal braces have many benefits:
- Effective. Metal braces are effective for most patients because they are capable of shifting the teeth and correcting bite misalignments from overbite to underbite.
- Affordable. Metal braces are one of the most affordable options for orthodontic treatment.
- Tried and true. Metal braces are the tried and true method of orthodontic care. Versions of metal braces have been used for centuries to straighten teeth.
- Improved design. Metal braces have gone through many changes and adaptations to become the version that is used today. The metal brackets are much smaller and more comfortable than they used to be and the archwire connects more easily to the brackets.
Is Your Child a Good Candidate for Metal Braces?
Children and teenagers who need orthodontic corrections of any kind are good candidates for metal braces. Braces work best for patients with healthy teeth that need to be properly aligned. Metal braces can correct crowding, gaps, crooked teeth, overbite, underbite, open bite, and crossbite. Braces can help permanent teeth come in correctly and even change the shape of the jaw. Children, teenagers, and adults can benefit from metal braces.
Why Choose Dental Associates for Kids Only?
In order to provide complete dental care for children, our services also include orthodontics. Most children will need some type of orthodontic treatment in their lifetime, as it is rare for anyone’s teeth to come in perfectly straight with accurate bite alignment. Dental Associates for Kids Only makes it convenient to get dental care and orthodontic care at the same location.
Frequently Asked Questions About Metal Braces
Are metal braces painful?
When the braces are first put on it is common for there to be some discomfort as the teeth are shifted out of their usual position. It may last for five to seven days and is easily manageable with over the counter pain medication. With each adjustment to the braces there may be some additional discomfort, but it is typically much milder and may last only 24-48 hours.
How long does orthodontic treatment with metal braces take?
The average length of treatment for metal braces is 12-24 months, or one to two years. Patients who only need mild corrections may wear braces for less than a year. Patients in need of significant orthodontic corrections may need more than two years to achieve the desired results. Keeping up with regular appointments and following your orthodontists instructions will help your treatment stay on schedule.
Are metal braces covered by insurance?
Many dental insurance plans include coverage for orthodontics. It is usually paid in a lump sum amount toward braces or other orthodontic treatment. It may not cover all of the cost of braces, but it will significantly reduce your out of pocket cost. If you don’t have coverage for braces, payment plans and financing are available to make it more affordable.
Is it necessary to wear retainers after metal braces?
As with any orthodontic treatment, retainers are required to maintain your results. You will need to wear retainers full time at first, but you will eventually only have to wear them at night to keep your teeth in proper alignment.