Metal Braces

Braces Cranbourne, Melbourne

Traditional braces are still one of the most effective options for straighter teeth

There was a time when having braces meant you’d be wearing bulky and uncomfortable metal wires and brackets on your teeth for several years, and probably find yourself on the receiving end of nicknames such as “brace face” or “train tracks”.  Thankfully, due to advancements in modern dentistry, metal braces are now more streamlined, comfortable, and discreet than ever before.

The advantages of traditional metal braces

While there are modern orthodontic treatments which eliminate the use of brackets and wires, there is still a need for traditional metal braces. This traditional style is still the most effective orthodontic treatment; and is the only option which can address complex bite issues. Sometimes this will involve pairing them with other appliances.

Furthermore, as traditional metal braces cannot be removed from the teeth by the patient, there is no issue with compliance. The treatment will progress at the best possible pace, potentially meaning your treatment time is shorter than if you’d used invisible aligners.

How do metal braces work?

Traditional metal braces straighten your teeth by applying consistent pressure, gradually pushing or pulling your teeth to move into their desired final position. They are also able to affect this movement in a variety of directions, allowing us to address issues such as crowding, crookedness, malocclusion, gaps between teeth, and misalignment of both the jaws and bites, plus more.

Metal braces for teenagers

Teenagers and metal braces seem almost to go hand in hand. The reason for this is that in early adolescence, their adult teeth should almost all have erupted, but their jaw bone will still be growing. As such, it is possible for us to harness the pliable nature of the bone at this age, making the treatment somewhat faster and more effective. For many teens, braces are almost seen as a right of passage; many of them even enjoy being able to coordinate the bands on their braces to their school uniform, or a favourite outfit.

Metal braces for adults

Just because you’re no longer a teenager, doesn’t mean you cannot undergo orthodontic treatment. In fact, orthodontic treatment in adults has boomed in recent years. In some cases, it’s a do-over; made necessary due to not wearing a retainer following orthodontic treatment as an adolescent, which allowed the teeth to revert. In others, it’s simply a matter of them deciding they want to do something for themselves which either wasn’t possible when they were a child, or that they previously hadn’t thought necessary. No matter what your reason for considering orthodontic treatment as an adult, it’s never too late!

More than aesthetics; straighter teeth are healthier

Some people may feel that straight teeth is nothing more than a matter of vanity. Did you know that having straighter teeth can, in fact, considerably improve your oral and overall health?

Straighter teeth are easier to clean, meaning they’re less likely to get debris struck between them in such a way that it’s hard to remove. As such, your at-home maintenance can be considerably more effective, decreasing the build-up of plaque and tartar, and reducing the likelihood of gum disease, decay and cavities.

Further to this, when your teeth and jaws align properly, you’re better able to properly chew your food, which can also help to improve your digestion. As you can see, straighter teeth are healthier teeth, and lead to a healthier you.

Use of mini-screws in orthodontics

Traditional braces Cranbourne

If you would like to take the first steps towards straighter and healthier teeth, request an orthodontics consultation with Beyond Dental today.

Braces FAQs

The treatment time varies and depends on your specific problems as well as the extent of your oral issue. Age and pre-existing conditions are also factors that need to be considered. Generally, orthodontic treatment can take up to two years when correcting severe and up to a year for those which are moderate in nature.

The costs of orthodontic procedures vary and can only be determined after analysing your problem and finalising a treatment plan. You will be provided with a detailed quotation at the discussion appointment and you will also be given information regarding the financial policy of the practice and how the costs of treatment will be payable.

Yes! Patients undergoing orthodontic treatment like braces should brush their teeth at least twice times per day – maybe even more times, after each meal and before going to bed. This is because the wires and brackets make it easy for food particles to become trapped in your mouth, leading to bacterial build up. Proper hygiene could make or break your treatment and we will advise you on a full oral hygiene plan once your braces are fitted.