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Traditional Metal Braces FAQ

Traditional Metal Braces Orthodontist Ann Arbor MI

Curious about traditional metal braces? Have questions for our orthodontist in Ann Arbor, MI? Dr. Bedi would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about metal braces during your appointment.

In the meantime, please be sure to check out our list of frequently asked questions below.

What Are Traditional Metal Braces?

Traditional metal braces consist of brackets, wires, and rubber bands that work together to gradually align and straighten teeth. The brackets are usually made of stainless steel and are attached to the teeth, while archwires are threaded through the brackets.

Over time, adjustments are made by our orthodontist to tighten the wires, applying gentle pressure to guide the teeth into the desired position.

How Do Dental Braces Work?

The dental braces work by applying continuous pressure on the teeth, causing them to gradually shift. This pressure stimulates bone remodeling, allowing the teeth to move into their correct positions. Our Ann Arbor orthodontist customizes the treatment plan for each patient, adjusting the wires and bands at regular appointments to maintain progress.

Are Metal Braces Painful?

Initially, patients may experience discomfort or soreness after the braces are first placed or after adjustments. This discomfort usually fades within a few days as the mouth adjusts to the pressure. Over-the-counter pain relievers and orthodontic wax can help alleviate any discomfort caused by the braces rubbing against the cheeks or lips.

How Long Does Treatment Take?

The duration of treatment varies depending on the severity of the case. On average, treatment with metal orthodontic braces can last anywhere from 18 months to three years. Regular appointments are necessary for adjustments, and compliance with our orthodontist’s instructions, such as wearing rubber bands or other auxiliary appliances, can affect the treatment timeline.

Do Braces Require Special Care?

Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial during orthodontic treatment. Patients with metal braces should brush their teeth after every meal to prevent food particles from getting trapped in the braces.

Flossing becomes a bit more intricate with braces, often requiring the use of floss threaders or special orthodontic floss. Additionally, avoiding certain foods like sticky candies or hard items that could damage the braces is recommended.

Are There Alternatives to Metal Braces?

Wish you could straighten your smile without having metal on your teeth? Invisalign® clear aligners are a popular choice for their nearly invisible appearance and removability. Dr. Bedi is a Gold Plus Invisalign provider in Ann Arbor, MI. As such, she brings her knowledge and expertise to each patient case.

How Effective Are Metal Braces?

Metal dental braces are highly effective in treating various orthodontic issues, including overcrowding, crooked teeth, misaligned bites, and more. They provide consistent and predictable results, and their affordability compared to some alternatives makes them a popular choice for many patients.

Book a Consultation for Metal Braces

Ready to take the next step? Dr. Jashleen Bedi is proud to serve as your local orthodontist in Ann Arbor, MI. To schedule an appointment and learn how you could benefit from traditional metal braces, please call Enhance Orthodontics at (734) 821-7684. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.