These are metal braces attached to your teeth with a bonding material. Typically, you will have brackets bonded to each tooth and a wire is threaded through them. The wire is tightened regularly to move the teeth into their proper position. At Mark Lowe DDS, this is the most popular type of braces for both children and adults.
The Advantages of Traditional Braces
Traditional metal braces have many benefits, including low cost and convenience. Patients who choose conventional orthodontic appliances can achieve a straighter and healthier smile in a shorter amount of time when compared to patients who use clear or invisible braces.
Traditional braces consist of brackets bonded to your teeth with a wire that runs through them. Brackets apply ressure on teeth and causes them to move into new positions over time. Your orthodontist adjusts the wires periodically to adjust the pressure during treatment. Traditional braces straighten teeth so well that, after the treatment period, it becomes easier to brush and floss in between teeth, helping to encourage better overall oral hygiene.
How Long Are Traditional Braces Worn?
It depends on the severity of the issue of each individual patient, but most traditional braces are worn for an average of two years. Some patients may wear their braces for longer than that, while others might need to wear them for a shorter period. You must wear your braces as your orthodontist prescribes to achieve the best possible results. During your consultation, we’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan and estimate how long you’ll need to wear your braces to accomplish your goals for your smile and oral health.
If you practice good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly, you should have no issues wearing your braces for the prescribed amount of time. You should also wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your appliance if you play sports or participate in any activities that could result in a blow to the face.
Remember to keep up with your regular appointments with your orthodontist to ensure that your treatment is going smoothly. Get in touch with Mark Lowe DDS at 7055 N Fresno St #203, Fresno, CA 93720, or call (559) 435-0966 for the best orthodontic care.