Traditional metal braces are the most well-known orthodontic treatment for a reason. Over the years advancements in technology have meant that metal braces have become more comfortable and less bulky, meaning that their proven technology can be harnessed in a faster more effective manner, with happier patients along the way.
Traditional braces work by applying constant pressure to the teeth to move them into the desired position. This movement can be in a number of directions and can resolve crowding, ‘gappy’ teeth, malocclusion, crookedness, misaligned bites, misaligned jaws and a number of other dental and orthodontic issues.
Braces at LARA dental are customised for each individual tooth and person and assessed during your first consultation.
Benefits of Traditional Braces
When considering straightening your teeth there are a number of proven benefits of traditional braces:
- Effective treatment
- Can correct a wide range of cases, including more complex developments
- Can be used with extraction and non-extraction orthodontics
- Can be combined with more advanced appliances for correction of bites
- Compliance is not an issue as the patient cannot remove them or forget to wear them
- Customisable band colours (including tooth coloured) allows unique treatment for teen patients (often helping with compliance and willingness to clean)
Orthodontics for Teens and Children
Traditional braces aren’t just recommended for teenagers. Metal braces can be an effective treatment choice for patients of all ages looking for an orthodontic solution.
The best time to have braces is during early adolescence as the jaw bone is still growing and strengthening and this allows for faster more effective treatment. This does not mean however, that treatment cannot be conducted at any age, simply if you are planning to straighten your child’s teeth this is the best time.
There is currently a revival in the number of adult patients with braces. Typically this is as a ‘present to themselves’ where they were unable to have orthodontics as a child, had no interest or developed issues later on in their formative years. Many mothers, professionals and those spending much of their life in the public sphere are opting to straighten their teeth with traditional braces.
Caring for traditional braces
Traditional braces need to be cared for as food and drink can become caught in the brackets and rubbers. As part of undergoing your braces treatment you will need to brush and floss every day with special brushes provided by our team.
It is very important that oral hygiene is maintained during treatment as during this time you are at risk of causing discolouration on teeth which will lead to a patchy result once the braces are removed.
Once your treatment is complete you may also be required to wear a retainer. It is very important you wear your retainer diligently as this is how you will maintain the straight smile you have just received.