Metal BracesCleburne, TX
Metal braces are the most popular teeth straightening options on the market. They can effectively treat several orthodontic issues, ranging from minor to severe. Patients of all ages can benefit from metal braces.
Metal braces are available at Tennison Orthodontics in Cleburne and the surrounding area. We can help you make the smile of your dreams a reality. Call us today at 817-522-7358 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.
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Understanding Metal Braces
According to WebMD, braces are a type of dental tool that correct orthodontic problems with the teeth. These problems can include but are not limited to crooked teeth, crowding, and misaligned teeth or bite. Though braces tend to be most popular with teenagers, they have become increasingly popular with adults over time. They can also sometimes treat children.
Some general dentists can assist with basic teeth alignment and other dental problems. However, orthodontists specialize specifically in correcting any issues with the teeth and jaws. As such, they can deliver more efficient and effective results. Metal braces are the most popular method of doing so.
Why Metal Braces
While metal braces can be suitable for patients of any age group, some ages are more optimal than others. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children visit an orthodontist by age seven. At this point, children typically have enough permanent teeth for the orthodontist to evaluate the overall teeth and jaws. The orthodontist can then determine if early intervention is necessary and chart out the best course of action, potentially preventing severe issues.
Of course, teenagers and adults can also benefit from orthodontic treatment. Metal braces can help anyone who wants to correct their teeth or bite. They also deliver more precise results than clear aligners, meaning they can address even severe cases of misalignment or malocclusion. Furthermore, prospective patients should keep in mind that teeth straightening is not just a matter of aesthetics. Orthodontic treatment can improve the patient’s oral health and the way they bite, chew, and speak.
How Metal Braces Work
Like most other orthodontic devices, metal braces work by exerting constant but gentle pressure on the teeth. The jaw shape will also inevitably adapt as the membrane under the gums responds to the pressure. This is a gradual process that takes place over an extended period. It will take Dr. Tennison about one or two hours to install braces, and the process should not be painful. However, it is not unusual for patients to experience some soreness for the first week. Fortunately, this discomfort will subside as they adjust.
Braces consist of two main parts: brackets and rubber bands. Brackets make it possible to apply pressure evenly to the teeth. Rubber bands are placed around the brackets to add pressure to the jaw. Archwires connect the brackets and may consist of stainless steel and titanium. Some patients may also require spacers, which consist of rubber bands or metal rings. These push the jaw forward and make room for braces at the back of the mouth. Additionally, Dr. Tennison may use buccal tubes to tighten and release different areas of the braces and place coil springs to fix overcrowded teeth. Some patients may also need to wear headgear at night, but such cases are rare.
Preparing for Metal Braces
As mentioned earlier, parents should take their children to see an orthodontist before they reach age seven. At that point, Dr. Tennison can make a diagnosis and plot out the best possible course of action, if necessary. Some children may need to wait to start treatment, while others may benefit from early intervention. Other patients may be recommended to see an orthodontist after a general dental checkup reveals issues with the teeth or jaws.
Preparation typically involves a thorough examination of the teeth, jaws, and mouth. Dr. Tennison will take a series of X-rays to determine the position of the teeth, and he will also make plaster models to evaluate the bite. He may scan these models into a digital format. Patients with overcrowded teeth may also need to have some teeth extracted before beginning treatment. Since no two cases are the same, we customize each treatment plan to each patient’s unique needs.
Call Us Today
Metal braces can improve your smile and your dental health. We at Tennison Orthodontics can help. Call us today at 817-522-7358 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I too old for braces?
It is never too late to change your smile. Orthodontic treatment has functional and aesthetic benefits for patients of all ages. Straightening your teeth and correcting your malocclusion can reduce your chances of dental problems in the future.
How long will I need to wear metal braces?
It depends on how complicated your case is, the amount of available room in your mouth, the distance the teeth need to travel, your overall oral health, and how closely you follow Dr. Tennison’s directions. However, most patients complete their treatment in one to three years. You will still need to wear a retainer afterward.
How often will I need to see the orthodontist while I have metal braces?
Again, the answer varies on a case-by-case basis. Most patients will need to come into the office every four to six weeks. During these visits, Dr. Tennison will provide the patient with new rubber bands, ensure that everything is proceeding as planned, and adjust the wires as necessary. Occasionally, he may also replace the wires.
Will I need to brush my teeth more often while I have metal braces?
It can be challenging to keep up your oral hygiene while you have metal braces. Wires get in the way of brushing and flossing as usual, and patients can find this experience difficult. To compensate for this, you should brush your teeth at least four times a day: after breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and before bed.
How else can I take care of my teeth while wearing metal braces?
Use a fluoridated mouthwash and toothpaste to prevent cavities. Eat a balanced diet, avoiding foods that are too sugary, sticky, chewy, or hard. Continue seeing your dentist regularly, as oral hygiene is vitally important during this time.
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