Traditional Metal Braces: tried-and-tested treatment
If you are a traditionalist looking to straighten your treatment with the method that has stood the test of time and proven its efficiency, then traditional metal braces might be the perfect fit for you. Avoided by some and adored by others, traditional metal braces are often compared to small jewels for your teeth.
Metal braces are suitable for young and adult patients alike. They can address a vast range of treatment needs, including overcrowding, gapped teeth, protruding teeth (overjet), as well as some bite corrections. If you’d like to consider them for yourself, book a consultation with our specialist orthodontist to find out if this treatment is suitable for you.
Benefits of traditional metal braces
Benefits of traditional metal braces
Metal braces have been the approach of choice by millions of orthodontists across the world and have proven their efficiency by transforming thousands of smiles.
With hundreds of thousands of cases worldwide, orthodontists can rely on an enormous library of knowledge, allowing them to design treatment plans with almost 100% accuracy.
Compared to some newer alternatives, traditional metal braces are considered inexpensive teeth straightening treatment.
What to expect from a treatment with traditional metal braces
One of the most significant benefits of opting for metal braces is that your treatment can start almost immediately. During your initial appointment, our orthodontist will bond the brackets to your teeth and add the wire, securing it with small elastics around each bracket.
You will need to visit the clinic for adjustments every 6 to 8 weeks. During these following appointments, the orthodontist will tighten the wire in specific areas, to slowly move the teeth to the desired position,
You can expect the most significant visual change to occur within the first 3 to 9 months of treatment (depending on the complexity of the case). Once the bite is well adjusted, the orthodontist will begin fine-tuning your smile until you’re happy with the results.
Traditional Metal Braces vs Invisalign's Clear Aligners
Both Invisalign and traditional metal braces are suitable for people from all age groups and can help with a range of needs. The two most significant differences between the two approaches are:
- Visual: while Invisalign is made from a translucent plastic material, traditional metal braces include metal attachments bonded to the teeth, a thin metal wire, and elastics with a colour of your choice;
- Bonded/removable: If you do not trust yourself with Invisalign’s removable aligners, then the bonded metal braces may be a better fit for you.
Please note, that some treatment needs, such as protruding teeth, are best addressed with fixed (boded to your teeth) braces, which can provide more predictable results and in some cases – a faster treatment.
Metal braces Vs Clear Ceramic Braces
Unlike metal braces, traditional ceramic braces come with translucent attachments barely noticeable when bonded over your teeth. Both treatments require elastics to hold the wire and allow you to personalise your appearance by choosing your favourite colour of elastics or changing it on every appointment.
While both bracket types are considered suitable for the same kind of treatments, some orthodontists prefer working with metal braces on teeth that need rotating, for example, due to concerns that the clear brackets may break from excessive forces.
Metal braces are typically slightly cheaper than clear ceramic braces, although the difference won’t be more than 2%-3% for most cases.
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