What are Metal Braces?
Traditional braces consist of standard metal brackets that are placed on your teeth with an adhesive and connected by wire. They require periodic tightening every 4-6 weeks so steady pressure can gradually straighten your teeth and align your jaw.
What do metal braces consist of?
- Brackets - Brackets are glued to the teeth with a special type of glue that bonds them to the surface of the tooth and firmly holds them in place. There is a mechanical and chemical bond that actually takes place.
- Archwire - An archwire is a thin metal wire that is attached to each bracket connecting them to one another. This helps to keep braces in place while exerting pressure on the teeth to help move them into their ideal positions.
- Ligature ties or O-ties - Ligature ties are colorful ties that help attach and hold the archwires to the brackets.
WHY CHOOSE METAL BRACES
Metal braces work better for complex orthodontic cases.
While aligner technology has advanced in recent years, aligners still aren’t a treatment option for everyone. Metal braces can treat a wider range of orthodontic issues.
Metal braces are not removable like aligners.
This is a positive because it means that they’re working all day, every day to straighten your teeth. Invisible plastic aligners only work when you’re wearing them. Patients who don’t wear them as directed have lengthened treatment times.
Metal braces are stronger.
Metal braces are made with stainless steel, which means they’re more durable than braces with ceramic brackets or clear plastic aligners.