It’s important to remember, that most people aren’t born with an attractive smile or a proper bite. Consequently, wearing braces is usually inevitable if you want to have straight teeth.
The teenage years (between the ages of 12 and 16) are the most common time for orthodontic treatment. That’s because by age 12, most, if not all, of your permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, so crooked teeth, gaps and “bad bites” can easily be detected.
Conventional metal braces can be an affordable alternative for teenage or adult orthodontic treatment, but this doesn’t mean that the results are compromised. They can be used to correct all types of cases, including:
Crowding – teeth overlap or very close together
Spacing – gaps between teeth
Overbite – top teeth overlap too far
Overjet – protruding front teeth
Underbite – lower teeth overlap the top teeth
Crossbite – teeth bite not lined up
Openbite – Teeth don’t meet when bite
Misplaced midline – centre lines of upper and lower teeth don’t align
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding coloured elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colourful smile. These are changed at each appointment, so you can have a different colour after every visit!