When you think of orthodontia, traditional braces likely come to mind.
Despite the other available options, traditional, metal braces remain the most popular choice for orthodontic treatment. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more gentle and more comfortable, but also stronger than ever.
Braces are an iconic part of childhood for many people, setting teens up for a lifetime of beautiful, healthy teeth. But their transformative power goes far beyond the cosmetic benefits.
Few of us are born with perfectly aligned, flawless teeth. But that doesn’t mean you have to live with crowding or misalignment. Orthodontic treatment using traditional braces can correct virtually any problem with your natural teeth.
Common orthodontic problems include underbite, overbite, crossbite and misalignment of the jaw. So while your orthodontist is working to make your teeth straight and strong, chances are your braces are also correcting structural problems with your teeth and jaw.
Overcrowded or misaligned teeth are difficult to clean and care for, making them more prone to decay and gum disease. Bite problems can make it difficult to chew or speak properly, and over time, can result in orthopedic problems in the jaw joint.
How Do Dental Braces Work?
Dental braces involve small brackets securely affixed to the center of each tooth. The orthodontist attaches a wire through each bracket – known as an arch wire – which puts gentle pressure on the teeth.
Over time, this pressure helps the teeth slowly move to their desired positions. As they do so, new bone grows behind the teeth. Periodic visits to the orthodontist are required for adjustments and tightening that gradually increase or shift pressure as needed.
The result is a more attractive appearance and healthy, straight teeth that are easy to clean and care for.
Metal Braces: A Versatile, Affordable Option
Despite the many advances in orthodontic technology, traditional braces still provide the most effective means of correcting many types of problems.
With traditional braces, the brackets are made of high-grade stainless steel. And although the metal brackets are visible, today’s designs are smaller and less obtrusive. This minimizes the “metal mouth” appearance and results in a faster result with less discomfort.
For the most complex cases, metal brackets are strong and durable enough to stand up to the challenge. They work more quickly than other options, which means your braces come off sooner. Metal braces are much more durable as well, which means fewer problems and unexpected visits to the orthodontist.
And, in most cases, traditional braces are the most affordable option!
Of course, Family Orthodontics offers a variety of choices, including clear braces and the revolutionary Invisalign system. Contact our office today to schedule your free initial visit. We will explain your options and help you determine the best method to achieve your goals.
Trust Family Orthodontics for all your family’s orthodontic needs, including traditional braces. We have locations in Tumwater, Centralia, and Aberdeen, Washington.