in Laredo, TX
Metal braces use metal brackets and thin metal wires to straighten patient’s smiles.
Over the course of treatment, the wire, which is attached to each bracket, shifts the teeth into straighter positions until the patient is left with a beautifully symmetrical smile. If your child or someone else in your household is interested in getting metal braces, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with our team!
What are the benefits of metal braces?
Metal braces can work well for younger patients who can’t handle or do not want the responsibility of keeping track of clear aligners. Instead of having to remove their braces every time they eat, drink something besides water, or brush their teeth, their braces would be attached to the front of their teeth using a special adhesive. Metal braces can also be used to treat a wider range of orthodontic issues, so if your child has severe malocclusion or a unique orthodontic problem, we may recommend traditional braces over clear aligners.
Are metal braces uncomfortable?
If you had metal braces in the past, you may remember them feeling bulky, awkward, and sharp against your gums and the inside of your mouth. Today’s metal braces use thinner wires and smaller brackets to straighten teeth comfortably and with more subtlety. As with any orthodontic treatment, there may be some pain and discomfort during the first few days of wearing braces and the first few times that they are tightened. We recommend using over-the-counter pain medication, dental wax, and ice-cold food and drinks to help numb some of the discomfort.
How do you maintain metal braces?
Keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy while wearing metal braces is extra important. Your child should commit to brushing and flossing their teeth thoroughly twice per day at least. Investing in special ortho flossers or water flossers can help patients keep their teeth squeaky clean. It’s also important to continue scheduling routine cleanings in addition to orthodontic visits so that their teeth can be expertly cleaned. We want to help our patients avoid tooth stains and tooth decay as much as possible during orthodontic treatment.