Some of the dentists operating at UC Dental offer metal braces for all ages to help you or your child correct a range of orthodontic problems.
Modern metal braces are more comfortable to wear and less visible in the mouth than those of previous decades. They are the strongest and most durable type of braces available, and they are often the only option for treating more severe orthodontic cases.
What are metal braces?
Metal braces are brackets fitted to the teeth and secured with wires and bands. These brackets apply a small amount of force that gradually straightens and moves teeth into their desired positions over a period of time. Today’s metal braces are more efficient, more compact and less intrusive than those of previous generations, as well as being more comfortable to wear. Metal braces are recommended to treat many types of orthodontic problems, from crooked and protruding teeth to bite and alignment issues. They may also be used in combination with other treatments.
What are the benefits of metal braces?
Metal braces are the strongest and most supportive braces available. They are more resistant to stains than other types of braces and are less likely to be damaged in accidents and during sports.
Even if you are a candidate for other orthodontic options, you may prefer metal braces for their affordability and resilience. If your child doesn’t like the metal look, their braces can be customised with coloured bands to make them more appealing.
Who is suitable for metal braces?
Metal braces are a versatile orthodontic solution, suitable for adults, teenagers and children with a range of conditions. They are the most affordable option compared to other types of braces and are less likely to need repairs or replacement during the course of your treatment.
How are braces fitted?
If you decide that braces are the best option for you, an orthodontic trained dentist can explain what the treatment involves and answer any questions you have during your initial consultation. They will also take x-rays, photos and impressions of your teeth to plan your treatment.
You will be informed if you require any dental work before the braces can be fitted.
At your fitting, an orthodontic provider operating at UC Dental will check and clean your teeth to make sure they are free from plaque, then dry the tooth surfaces to make bonding easier. They will attach the brackets, cement the molar bands and finally connect the wires and bands. Fitting your braces usually takes around 1 hour.
What happens next?
After your braces are fitted, you will need to return to your dentist every four - six weeks. These appointments allow your dentist to check that you are progressing as expected, make adjustments to the brackets and replace the bands. Although every case is different, most orthodontic treatments using metal braces are complete within 24 months.
Getting braces fitted is a painless procedure, but you may feel some soreness in your teeth and mouth for up to a week as you adjust. Most people are completely used to their braces by the end of the first month.
It is advised that you eat soft foods for the first one or two days following your fitting, avoid acidic food and drinks, and avoid touching your braces or poking sore areas with your fingers or tongue. You will be provided with orthodontic wax that is easy to apply to any sore areas in your mouth, and discomfort can be alleviated using over-the-counter pain relief medication if necessary.
It’s normal to feel some discomfort for up to a week after your braces are fitted, but this will fade as you become used to the appliance. If you develop sores in your mouth, this is usually due to accidental biting of the cheeks or rubbing of the brackets against the lips.
Call us to schedule your initial consultation appointment.