A traditional brace is a type of orthodontic tool that uses metal brackets and wires to straighten and align teeth. The brackets are attached to the front of each tooth and connected by a thin wire, which is then tightened and adjusted by our orthodontist Hampshire to gradually move the teeth into their proper positions.
How do traditional metal braces work?
The process of getting traditional metal braces starts with a consultation involving our team at Winchester Orthodontics, during which they will assess an individual's dental health and determine if braces are the appropriate treatment. If so, our team will take impressions of the patient’s teeth and create a customised treatment plan.
On the day of the procedure, our orthodontic team will attach the metal brackets to the teeth using a special dental adhesive. They will then thread the wire through the brackets and adjust it to the proper tension. You will need to see us regularly for adjustments, during which the wire will be tightened and the brackets may be adjusted as well.
What are the benefits of traditional metal braces?
Traditional metal braces have several benefits as you will see. They are highly efficient at straightening and aligning teeth, and can treat a wide range of orthodontic issues, including overcrowding, gaps between teeth, and misaligned bites.
Metal braces are made of strong, durable materials and can withstand the unavoidable wear and tear of daily life. They are also less likely to break or malfunction compared to other types of braces. The braces tend to be more affordable than other types of braces, such as ceramic or clear aligners. They can now be customised with different colours of elastic bands, allowing patients to express their personal style and make their braces more fun.
Are there any drawbacks to traditional metal braces?
Like any medical treatment, traditional metal braces do have some drawbacks.
Metal braces are more noticeable than other types of braces, which may be a concern for some patients. They can at times, especially when being adjusted, be uncomfortable and cause irritation to the gums and inner cheeks.
Patients with traditional braces may need to avoid food that can get stuck in the braces or damage the wires and brackets and they typically require longer treatment times compared to other types of braces or aligners.
Are they right for me?
Deciding whether traditional metal braces are the right treatment option for you will depend on your specific dental needs and concerns. Our orthodontist Hampshire can assess your dental health and recommend the best treatment option for you.
If you are considering traditional metal braces, it's important to be prepared for the commitment and potential challenges that come with the treatment. However, the benefits of having straight, aligned teeth can be well worth it, both for your oral health and your overall confidence and self-esteem.
Ultimately, the decision about whether to get traditional metal braces should be based on your personal goals and priorities, as well as the recommendations of our orthodontist. Our team with our orthodontist Hampshire is here to support you and help you make the best decision for your dental health.