Traditional metal braces are what most people envision when they think of orthodontic treatment and they are still, by far, the most popular option with children and teenagers. While other kinds of braces, like Damon braces, clear ceramic braces, and Invisalign, have been steadily gaining traction, they have yet to beat traditional metal braces in popularity. In recent years, there have been significant technological advancements in these types of braces that have decreased their size and thickness, providing increased comfort and better hygiene.
The Benefits of Traditional Metal Braces
The newer, the better when it comes to braces, right? That’s not necessarily true. Traditional metal braces are the oldest kind of braces offered today, and there’s a reason they’re still unmatched in their popularity.
One of the biggest factors contributing to their continued success is their price point. Due to innovation and advancements in orthodontics, the price of traditional metal braces has seen a decrease over the years since it was first introduced. They’re the most affordable option for patients seeking a straighter smile.
Traditional metal braces are also more durable and able to treat more severe cases than most of their newer counterparts. The mix of metals used in the brackets help prevent breakage, which helps reduce trips to the orthodontist. Traditional braces are also usually the preferred method used to fix bite issues.
Comfort of Traditional Metal Braces
As with any kind of braces you choose, you’ll have some mouth discomfort due to the very nature of what they’re trying to do: move your teeth into a straighter alignment. The majority of your discomfort and mouth aches will likely be in the first couple of weeks after getting them placed on your teeth with the initial tightening. We recommend soft foods during this time to avoid pressure on your sensitive teeth.
Beyond the first couple of weeks, you can expect your teeth and gums to feel sensitive after adjustments. Since the braces are moving your teeth into their correct positions, this discomfort is normal and shouldn’t be cause for worry. If the pain persists or becomes unbearable, you should speak to your orthodontist.
Caring for Your Teeth During Braces
Cleaning and maintaining your braces is vital to ensuring your orthodontic treatment goes smoothly. During your consultation, your orthodontist should inform you of foods to avoid eating while wearing braces. Hard foods, like chips, candy, and popcorn, have been know to pop brackets off of teeth. Other kinds of foods, like gum and caramel candies, can also be problematic. Knowing what foods to limit or avoid can help avoid these situations.
Being conscientious to keep up with cleaning your traditional metal braces can also help you avoid unwanted trips to the orthodontist to fix broken brackets. While you might think, “Broken brackets can be replaced, what’s the big deal?”a lasting result of not caring for your braces is stained teeth once the brackets are removed. Nobody wants their braces to come off, expecting a gorgeous new smile and find stains! Being diligent about brushing your teeth thoroughly will help reduce this risk and build excellent habits in the process.
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