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Metal Braces

Metal braces straighten the teeth using metal brackets and archwires that are made of high-grade stainless steel. At Braces By Dr. Elenberger, our modernized traditional metal braces are great for all sorts of issues of the teeth and jaws.

What Are Traditional Braces?

Braces apply gentle, yet steady pressure to gradually move the teeth into the correct position. The brackets are placed on the teeth and an adhesive is used to keep them in place. The archwire connects the brackets and works by applying the pressure needed to move the teeth into their new position. Braces can correct a variety of problems, including:

Crooked teeth
A misaligned bite
Orthodontic problems

The length of time you’ll need to wear braces varies widely, depending on the specific problems and corrections your smile needs.
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Add Style to Your Braces!

Our practice is all about fun! Just because we offer traditional braces doesn’t mean you can’t express yourself. Add colored elastics to your brackets for a more vibrant smile. You can choose your favorite color, use colors for your school or favorite sports team, or celebrate the holidays with your bands. There are a wide variety of colors available and bands are changed regularly, so you can try something different with your regular braces every time.

Metal Braces FAQs

Will metal braces hurt?
Metal braces can cause some discomfort, especially after getting them put on or tightened during adjustments. This is usually temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

How long will I need to wear metal braces?
The treatment time varies depending on the complexity of your case. On average, metal braces take 18-24 months, but it could be shorter or longer.

How do I take care of my teeth with metal braces?
Brushing after every meal and flossing daily is crucial to prevent cavities and gum problems. Special floss threaders or interdental brushes can help clean around the brackets and wires.

What foods should I avoid with metal braces?
Sticky, hard, and chewy foods can damage the brackets and wires. Avoid things like candy, caramel, nuts, popcorn, and hard fruits and vegetables. Cut hard foods into small pieces.

Are metal braces the only option for straightening teeth?
No, clear aligners are a popular alternative that are less noticeable. Talk to your orthodontist about which option is best for you.

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