Metal braces or brackets are used to gradually align and straighten teeth and treat orthodontic problems. They are still popular and more comfortable than decades ago. Today braces are flatter and smaller and are made of high-quality, high-grade stainless steel.
Like self-litigating braces, we offer traditional brackets to correct problems such as jaw joint disorders, crowded teeth, incorrect jaw position, crooked teeth, and underbites and overbites. When left untreated, orthodontic problems cause serious problems such as earaches and headaches, chewing, biting, and speaking problems, gum disease, and tooth decay.
Alternatives and How to choose Braces
There are other options for orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign and clear, invisible, and ceramic braces. The choice depends on factors such as bite and other dental problems. At our clinic in Carson City, Nevada, USA we help patients choose the most appropriate type based on a number of factors – if jaw surgery or extractions are required, whether special appliances such as headgear are necessary, the severity of crookedness or bite problems, and the amount of time it takes to align teeth. The choice between clear and invisible braces and metal braces also depends on the preferences of the patient, the cost, extent of treatment, and so on. There are pros and cons to consider, regardless of whether you choose metal, clear, or lingual braces. Traditional brackets, for example, take less time to correct orthodontic problems and are least expensive which makes them an affordable and effective solution. We also offer a darker ligature to hide black coffee, smoking, and curry stains. Since they don’t contain rubber, staining is not an issue. Traditional braces are strong and durable which means that they rarely break. The downside is that metal brackets are more visible than other varieties. Another issue to take into account is the fact that they are less comfortable during the first couple of days or weeks. Some patients also report that their gums feel irritated. On the good side, traditional brackets look nice and treatment is completed with less pain over a shorter period.
While traditional braces help align teeth, they are non-removable, and plague and food get trapped easily between the gums and teeth. Make sure your teeth and braces are clean. Regular rinsing, flossing, and brushing helps, and there are certain foods to avoid if possible. Stay away from foods such as popcorn, candy, crushed ice, raw carrots, nuts, pretzels, and corn on the cob. Avoid gum, taffy, caramel, and other sticky foods as well because they get stuck between the gums and teeth. Sticky foods knock the bands and bend the wires and brackets get loose. The treatment period can be extended if damage occurs.