Metal braces are still the most common type of orthodontic system used today. Their durable and affordable nature makes them a popular choice for children and adults alike. At Polaris Orthodontic Center, patients can look forward to a safe and satisfying treatment experience with a team that always puts the patients first. We’re located here in Columbus, OH – contact us today to schedule your first consultation with Dr. Amin Mason or if you have any questions or concerns.
Dr. Mason will bond brackets to the front of the patient’s teeth. Each bracket has edges that are known as “wings.” Elastic bands are tied around these wings to hold an orthodontic wire securely in place, which initiates tooth movement while using the brackets as anchor sites. Throughout treatment, the wires will be changed as needed to move the teeth into the optimal position.
Traditional braces can be used to correct the most common orthodontic issues for patients of all ages despite their severity, including:
Many people think that straightening the teeth will only provide a cosmetic benefit, and while this is partially true, the reality is that braces can dramatically improve both the look and health of someone’s smile.
Crooked teeth, in addition to not looking attractive, are also more difficult to clean than properly aligned teeth because there are small, tight spaces where plaque can accumulate and be missed while brushing. Orthodontic treatment with Traditional braces can help improve someone’s daily oral hygiene because it will be easier to brush, floss, and rinse with properly spaced teeth. This can drastically lower someone’s risk for cavities over time.
Correcting bite problems can also save patients from excessive tooth wear which can prevent the need for costly restorations.
The cost of traditional braces can vary from patient to patient depending on a number of factors. The most important factor is the length of time it takes to completely correct the alignment issues in a patient’s teeth and bite. Less complicated problems will require a shorter treatment, leading to a lower cost, while fully addressing severe or complicated problems may require a much longer process. Dr. Mason will outline every aspect of the treatment when he sees a patient for an in-person consultation. Our team will also discuss how we can use your insurance and low-to-no interest financing to offset and lower the overall cost.
Dr. Mason and our team are always happy to answer our patients’ questions about orthodontic treatment. Before your consultation appointment, though, you might want to learn more about the road ahead. To assist you, we have put together a brief list of FAQs about traditional braces. If your specific questions are not addressed here, reach out to us directly. We look forward to speaking with you.
Traditional braces are commonly associated with younger people. However, there is no upper age limit for braces. We have performed successful treatment on many mature individuals.
Of course, the treatment experience may be somewhat different for adults than it is for teens and children. For example, adult treatment may take longer due to slower tooth movements. Additionally, while insurance often covers braces for minors, orthodontic coverage for adults is less common. (If you are concerned about paying for your treatment, talk to our team. Most patients are eligible for a low-interest or no-interest payment plan.)
Once your braces are removed, you will need to make some efforts to keep your teeth in their new positions. Some patients receive a fixed retainer, a device that is attached to the teeth and keeps them in place. It is also possible that you will receive a removable retainer.
With a removable retainer, you should try to wear it at least 20 – 22 hours each day at first. Eventually, after your teeth solidify into their proper positions, you might be able to wear it just a few nights each week.
The timeline for traditional braces varies from case to case. During your consultation, we may be able to estimate how long your treatment will take. Depending on your age and the severity of your misalignment, you might have to wear braces for anywhere from a few months to three years or longer.
You can avoid unnecessary delays by strictly complying with treatment guidelines and attending all of your scheduled appointments.
Braces are effective because they apply consistent pressure to the teeth. Naturally, this can cause some soreness, particularly when you first get braces and whenever they get adjusted. The pain may last anywhere from a few days to a week or so.
You can minimize your discomfort by:
The metal parts of your braces might also cause some irritation. Covering your brackets with orthodontic wax may help.
If your braces ever cause extreme or unusual pain, you should reach out to us for guidance.
Teenage patient with upper/lower crowding, bilateral posterior crossbite, anterior crossbite. Patient was treated with an expander and traditional braces.