With modern technology and countless orthodontic advances, traditional metal braces are more comfortable and affordable than ever before. SEDA Dental of Pinecrest offers a wide variety of orthodontic treatments to cater to the many needs and wants of our patients. Conventional braces offer unique customizations that are not possible with clear aligners, like Invisalign and ClearCorrect. Many of our patients prefer metal braces because it allows them to show off their personality by choosing different colored elastic bands. This is especially a fun feature for young adults and teens who are attending their favorite sports games because they can show their team spirit. To learn more about traditional metal braces, schedule a consultation at our office in Pinecrest, FL.
Traditional metal braces are a good choice for both adults and children. Our conventional braces are made of top-grade stainless steel archwires and brackets that are strategically placed to give you the stunning smile you desire. They are an ideal choice for patients with jaw alignment issues, crowded or gapped teeth, under- or over-bites, and protruding teeth. We also use high-quality elastics that do not easily break and are simple to apply. During your consultation, we will go over your orthodontic treatment options and help you select the method that best suits your needs and goals.
What to Expect
After your initial exam, a personalized treatment plan will be developed for your specific case. On the day of your appointment, your teeth will be properly prepped and cleaned prior to placing your metal braces. Once we have applied the bonding agent to your teeth, your metal brackets will be placed. When all the brackets are in place, the archwire will be threaded through them. You will then be able to choose your desired elastic band color(s). The small bands keep the archwires attached to the metal brackets. The application process typically moves fairly quickly and patients often experience no pain. You can expect to return to our office once a month for adjustments and progress exams.
Metal can make cleaning and flossing your teeth more challenging. That is why proper oral hygiene is critical to your orthodontic treatment. Before you leave our office, we will educate you on how to best clean your teeth and provide you with helpful tips. As a general rule, we recommend that you brush and floss your teeth after every meal. Keeping all your orthodontic appointments and regular dental cleanings will also help to ensure optimal results. Typically, most patients wear braces for 1 – 2 years, but your treatment time will ultimately depend on the severity of your case.
After your treatment is over, we will remove the braces and fit you for a retainer. A retainer will help keep your teeth in their new position. We will help you select the right retainer for your new smile.
If you have a problem with your braces, do not panic. You may be able to solve many problems temporarily by yourself until you schedule a repair appointment with our office. These problems do not need to cause a delay in your treatment. Anytime that you feel that you cannot handle your orthodontic problem, please call us.
Loose Band or Bracket
If the band or bracket is still attached to the wire, leave it in place. If it is uncomfortable, place orthodontic wax or sugarless gum on it. Sometimes it is possible to remove the rubber band with tweezers so you can detach the bracket from the wire.
Try to push the wire back into place using tweezers. If that is not possible, clip the wire with fingernail clippers or small wire cutters behind the last tooth that it is securely fastened to. If it is causing discomfort, place orthodontic wax or sugarless gum on it.
Place orthodontic wax or sugarless gum on the wire.
There may be soreness for several days after each office visit. Carefully chew on sugarless gum after adjustments to minimize soreness. Use warm salt water rinses and/or take over-the-counter pain reliever as needed.
If the appliance is sticking or poking you, place orthodontic wax or sugarless gum on it to stabilize it.
Compared to other orthodontic treatments, traditional metal braces are typically less expensive. During your consultation, we will go over your treatment options and cost estimates so you can choose the method that best fits your needs, goals, and budget. If you have dental insurance, we will contact your provider to understand your coverage and determine your personal costs. If you do not have insurance, SEDA Dental of Pinecrest accepts many payment methods, and we can help you find low-interest medical financing.
Traditional Metal Braces
In the past few years, there have been many advances in dental and orthodontic care for patients of all ages. However, traditional metal braces still remain one of our most popular treatments at SEDA Dental of Pinecrest. Contact our office in Pinecrest, FL to schedule a consultation and learn more about traditional metal braces and other orthodontic options.