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Traditional Braces and What to Expect

Posted on June 3, 2022

Traditional braces have been used for decades to straighten teeth and improve smiles. While many people are familiar with traditional braces, there are also alternatives including clear aligners, like Invisalign, and lingual braces. If you’re considering getting traditional braces or if you already have them, here’s what to expect.

1. How Do Traditional Braces Work?

Traditional braces are designed to correct dental misalignments by using gentle, constant pressure on the teeth. At the core of this process is a metal wire connected to each tooth, providing a flexible yet firm framework for realigning your teeth. This wire is bent and shaped over time to guide your teeth into the desired position while small rubber bands hold the wire in place. The wires are progressively tightened to exert gradually-increasing pressure on your teeth as you move through treatment. Over time, this pressure helps to slowly shift and reposition your teeth, resulting in a straighter smile. Ultimately, traditional braces provide an effective and affordable way to achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.

2. The Different Types of Traditional Braces

While traditional braces are all based on the same principle, there are different types that your orthodontist may recommend. The most common type is metal braces, made of high-grade stainless steel. These braces are strong and durable, making them an excellent choice for children and adults. Another popular option is clear braces, which use tooth-colored ceramic brackets that blend in with your natural teeth. Clear braces are less noticeable than metal braces and can be a good choice for people concerned about their appearance during treatment.

3. How Long Does Treatment Take, and What Can You Expect During the Process?

The length of time required for traditional braces treatment varies depending on the severity of your dental misalignment. However, most people can expect to wear braces for 12-24 months. During this time, you will need to visit your orthodontist regularly for adjustments. These appointments are crucial to the success of your treatment and typically take place every four to six weeks. At each appointment, your orthodontist will tighten the wires on your braces to gradually shift your teeth into place.

Traditional braces are a time-tested way to achieve a straighter smile. While they may take some getting used to, the end result is worth it! If you think traditional braces might be right for you, be sure to contact us to schedule a consultation. With the latest innovations in technology and treatment, we are sure to have a solution that fits your needs perfectly.


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