What Are Metal Braces?
Achieving a straight smile by wearing braces can improve your oral health while also enhancing the quality of your smile. Traditional metal braces may be a more conventional approach to orthodontics, but have proven time and again to effectively deliver exceptional end results. Children, teens, and adults may all be excellent candidates for traditional metal braces. Lighter and smaller than braces of the past, today's metal braces are more comfortable to wear yet still work to effectively straighten the smile. As a full-service family dental practice serving Katy, TX patients, Made Ya Smile is proud to offer traditional orthodontic solutions to correct a range of tooth and jaw alignment issues. Orthodontic care can be customized to meet unique cosmetic and functional concerns to help you and your family enjoy the lasting benefits of a healthy, gorgeous smile.
Traditional metal braces combine brackets, bands, and wires to gently guide teeth into proper alignment and positioning the jaw. This traditional solution offers a convenient and affordable approach to orthodontic care. We strive to make the entire experience enjoyable for every patient and offer elastic ties and rubber bands in an array of fun colors that let you really show off your personality or team spirit. Traditional braces may be a good choice for patients who are not likely candidates for clear aligner systems and those with a range of varying needs. If you have orthodontic concerns or needs for your family, schedule a visit with our dentist today to learn if traditional braces are ideal for you or your loved ones.
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Who Is a Candidate for Traditional Metal Braces?
Orthodontic treatment with traditional braces is uniquely planned for each individual. The system uses wires, brackets, and bands made of high-grade metal to apply gentle pressure and move teeth through the jawbone into their ideal places in your smile. To achieve proper tooth position, the archwires attach to the bands and brackets bonded to the teeth and are changed out incrementally as needed. Bite misalignment and other orthodontic conditions can interfere with your ability to smile confidently, bite and chew comfortably, and speak with ease. Correcting these issues can improve overall oral function, achieve an attractive facial profile, and straighten the teeth for enhanced cosmetic appeal.
Katy, TX patients of any age may be an ideal candidate for traditional metal braces, including younger kids who need phased treatment and older adults who never had the chance to wear braces in their earlier years. Our team is ready to work with you or your family member and help you achieve a healthy, straight, and beautiful smile if braces are ideal for your needs.
Traditional metal braces can correct many types of orthodontic and alignment problems, including:
• Gapped teeth or crowded teeth
• Rotated or crooked teeth
• Tipped or protruding teeth
• Crossbite and open bite
• Underbite and overbite
How Are Braces Applied?
An orthodontic consultation with our Made Ya Smile Team in Katy, TX can help you and your loved ones determine if traditional metal braces are your best option. 3D cone beam images of your teeth, jawbone, head, and face will be taken along with molds (impressions) of your lower and upper teeth. We will use this information to evaluate your specific needs and gain an in-depth understanding of your bite and how your teeth fit together. Once your plan is in place and you are ready to begin treatment, the surfaces of your teeth will be cleaned and your brackets will be attached with tooth-colored or clean cement. When the brackets are all in place, a metal archwire will be threaded and attached to each bracket with a gray or colored elastic tie, completing placement of your metal braces. Monthly appointments will be scheduled for you so that our team can monitor your progress and change your archwire when necessary to incrementally achieve your desired orthodontic results. If you have any questions or concerns about your care throughout the process of straightening your smile, please get in touch with our team as soon as possible.
What Can I Expect During the Braces Treatment Process?
Keeping up with a great home care routine while you are wearing metal braces is critical to the health of your teeth and gums. The brackets, wires, and bands provide numerous areas for plaque, bacteria, and food to accumulate. To reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum infection secondary to wearing braces, we encourage you to brush and floss after each time that you eat and keep up with routine dental cleanings and exams at Made Ya Smile as recommended by our dentist. We will be sure to show you the best method of flossing and brushing for braces and will point out any areas that need extra attention during each of your cleaning visits.
Since every patient's orthodontic needs are different, the treatment time for wearing braces may vary but typically ranges from about 1 – 3 years. During your orthodontic visits, our Made Ya Smile team will check your progress to determine if you are still on target with tooth movement and give you an idea of how long your treatment with braces may last. When your teeth have moved to their final position and the active phase of your orthodontic treatment plan is complete, your band, brackets, and wires will be removed and an impression of your teeth will then be taken. This new impression will be used by our lab to create your custom orthodontic retainer. To keep your teeth properly aligned and maintain your end results, it is very important that you wear your retainer as recommended by our team. Doing so can help keep your smile straight and balanced and protect the investment you have made in your oral health.
It is not uncommon to have a bracket pop off or a wire comes loose when wearing traditional orthodontic braces. Avoiding crunchy, sticky, or hard foods can often help minimize the chance of experiencing an orthodontic emergency. Please call our Made Ya Smile team in Katy, TX as soon as possible if you or your child has any type of emergency with your braces. Common orthodontic concerns can often be managed in the following ways until you are able to visit for a repair:
-Loose Orthodontic Appliance: Orthodontic appliances, such as space maintainers or fixed retainers, that become loose need to be treated our team as soon as possible. You can use orthodontic wax to hold a loose appliance in place until you are able to have it reattached by our team.
-Loose or Dislodged Bracket or Band: A bracket or band that become unattached from the teeth and causes discomfort can be stabilized with orthodontic wax or sugarless gum. In most cases, these loose components can be left as they are until you are able to schedule a visit for a repair.
-Loose Archwire: Tweezers, a pencil eraser, or a Q-tip can be used to gently push a loose wire into place. You can also clip the sire with wire cutters or nail clipper cleaned with alcohol to cut the wire behind its attachment or cover the end of a loose wire with orthodontic wax or sugarless gum.
-Tooth or Jaw Discomfort: Most patients experience some tooth or jaw discomfort initially after having their braces placed and whenever the wires are changed. Over-the-counter pain medication can often provide comfort when this occurs. If your gums are inflamed, warm salt water rinses may provide relief.
-Poking or Sharp Wire: Wires that break or become loose can irritate or cause discomfort to your lips, bums, tongue, and cheeks. If possible, you can cut the wire with disinfected wire cutters or nail clippers behind the tooth to which it is attached. You can also cover the sharp area with orthodontic wax or sugarless gum.
Serious injuries to mouth or face should be treated first in the emergency room or by your medical doctor.
Are Traditional Braces Covered by Insurance?
Orthodontic treatment with traditional metal braces may be covered in part by dental insurance. We will contact your provider and review your list of benefits before beginning the braces process. At Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX, we understand the value of a straight, healthy smile and want to assist you and your family getting orthodontic care to improve oral health and function. Our practice works with CareCredit® to bring low-cost and interest-free financing solutions to our patients and accepts a range of easy payment options to make braces for your family easier to afford.
Traditional Orthodontic Care
At Made Ya Smile, we want patients of all ages to achieve a smile they love. Traditional metal braces gently move malpositioned teeth to their proper positions to improve oral health, straighten the smile, and create balanced in the jaw. Metal braces are lighter and more comfortable than ever and are highly effective at correcting many types of orthodontic problems. To see if traditional metal braces can help you or your loved one straighten your teeth for enhanced oral health and appearance, schedule a visit with our dentist at our Katy, TX full-service practice.