Braces Carson CA

Metal Braces

Metal Braces in Carson

To fix crooked teeth and achieve a beautiful, stellar smile, traditional metal braces are a fast and effective treatment option. With our expert orthodontic staff, you can rest assured that you will receive the best service in the process of achieving a stunning smile!

What Are Traditional Metal Braces?

While there are many new technologies for dealing with malocclusions, or misalignments as they are called, traditional metal braces are an old “workhorse” that does the job right. They have stood the test of time and are still a favorite option of patients both young and old. In fact, traditional metal braces have gained in popularity in recent years, due to the innovation of colored elastic bands. This enables kids and teens to customize their braces and wear them proudly at school and in social media photos.

Traditional metal braces work through a combination of small metal brackets, usually stainless steel, that are adhered to teeth. Wire is strung between the brackets to slowly move the teeth into the correct position. The elastic bands hold the wire onto the brackets.

What Are the Benefits of Traditional Metal Braces?

While traditional metal braces are more visible than other treatment options, they have many benefits. First, they work more quickly than ceramic or porcelain braces. They are more durable as well. Ceramic braces can chip or crack, and they sometimes stain with too much coffee or other foods and drinks. Metal braces won't break or stain. Additionally, Invisalignclear aligners can seem like a more convenient option, but they can be easily lost or misplaced because they are removable.

Sometimes, children aren't as compliant with Invisalignclear aligners, and they don't wear them all the time like they are supposed to. Therefore, for children or teens who have these tendencies, metal braces are the best choice. You can entice your child to find traditional braces more appealing by allowing them to choose the color of their elastic bands, which generally greatly improves satisfaction with metal braces among young people.

What Is the Process for Traditional Metal Braces Treatment?

We will evaluate you or your child's unique situation through a comprehensive oral exam that will include X-rays and imaging. We will explain the various options, including alternatives to traditional metal braces such as porcelain or ceramic braces and Invisalignclear aligners. If metal braces are chosen, then we will schedule an appointment to place the braces on your teeth. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled on a regular basis to review progress and make adjustments as necessary.

Once the orthodontic treatment with braces is complete, a retainer will be fitted to secure and maintain your corrected and beautiful smile.

Metal Braces Carson CA
Metal Braces in Carson CA

How Long Are Metal Braces Worn?

The time it takes for metal braces to do their job depends in part on what fixes are needed. Are teeth spaced out too wide or are they too crowded together? Are there issues with the bite that need to be dealt with? All of these things will be considered. But in general, traditional metal braces take approximately one to two years to correct common teeth misalignment issues. In contrast, ceramic braces can take a little longer due to their different composition, and they can be needed for two to three years sometimes.

How Are Traditional Metal Braces Cleaned and Maintained?

Metal braces are adhered to the teeth, so they are not removed for cleaning like Invisalignclear aligners. While you or your child is wearing traditional metal braces, it is important to be very diligent with brushing and flossing to keep the braces clean. Our friendly dental hygiene staff will thoroughly explain and demonstrate to you or your child exactly how to keep the teeth and braces clean through simple daily hygienic practices.

What Do Traditional Metal Braces Cost?

Traditional metal braces vary in cost depending on the needs of the patient but can run a few thousand dollars or more. They are generally cheaper than porcelain or ceramic braces. Insurance will generally help with the upfront cost of braces as well as the follow-up appointments required to maintain and adjust them. Please contact us if you have any questions about the cost of metal braces.

If you or your child needs teeth straightened or a bite improved, traditional metal braces may be a good choice. Contact us today for more information and a consultation.


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