Metal braces are the most common type. They are popular with teenagers as they can be brightened up with different colours to make the smile unique. They are made of high-grade stainless steel.
In spite of recent innovations in orthodontics these traditional braces are still quite widely used due to their versatility. The use of brackets enables your dentist to precisely reposition the teeth in ways that aren’t always possible with more modern systems and can provide patients with really straight teeth, giving the best possible results.
What Orthodontic Problems Can Be Treated with Fixed or Metal Braces?
Fixed metal braces can treat most orthodontic problems, including issues with occlusion or the way the teeth bite together. They can be used to close up gaps in between teeth, to correct teeth that are rotated or protrusive, or teeth which are crooked due to overcrowding.
What Are the Benefits of Choosing Fixed or Metal Braces?
The benefits of choosing fixed or metal braces is that the braces will be working continuously to straighten teeth, and there’s no need to worry about removing aligners to clean them or forgetting where you have put them. The use of brackets ensures this treatment is very precise, and is likely to be the best way to get the most perfectly straight smile through having orthodontics alone.
How Long Will Treatment Take?
The exact length of treatment time can vary tremendously according to how far the teeth have to move. Most people will need to wear fixed or metal braces for at least a year and possibly quite a lot longer. Some people will need to wear these braces for up to three (3) years.
What about Eating and Drinking and Cleaning My Teeth?
Your dentist will give you precise instructions on how to keep your braces clean. It’s important to brush after every meal and to make sure you change your toothbrush regularly. You’ll need to use interdental brushes or floss threaders to clean in between the components of the brace, and you may be recommended to use fluoride treatments. Some people also find it helpful to use disclosing tablets occasionally just to check the teeth are thoroughly clean after brushing and flossing.