Dental braces are used to correct crooked and crowded teeth, a misaligned bite and jaw issues. They also reduce and eradicate problems where individuals may have with everyday activities like eating, speaking properly and keeping teeth clean. Traditional metal braces have evolved over the years, and they have become slimmer, sleeker, smaller and very comfortable. This is definitely something worth smiling about!
Conventional metal braces consist of standard metal brackets that adhere to the teeth with an adhesive and is connected by wire. They require regular tightening, so that the pressure can gradually straighten the teeth and align the jaw, making it look aesthetically pleasing. While some patients still prefer the good old metal braces, the younger generation may opt for other treatment options.
Why opt for metal braces?
Traditional Metal braces come in silver or gold. These braces are very strong and can withstand dental wear and tear. Initially, when the braces are fixed the gums and cheek tissue may become irritated, but there are several solutions to deal with the discomfort, such as salt water rinses and applying wax to the metal brackets.
Most traditional metal braces require an O-shaped rubber band, called a ligature, to hold the arch wire onto the bracket. Sometimes metal tie wires that twist around the bracket are used in place of elastic ligatures. The small metal brackets are glued to the front of each tooth while the older version of the bands is reserved for molars or teeth with fillings that overlap to the outside surface of a tooth. Metal brackets tend to be less expensive than other types of brackets. And now, the Montreal International Medical Clinics in Dubai offer a choice of colorful ligatures, which are available in a rainbow of colors to individualize personal style, making it more attractive for the younger patient’s as well.
What are the advantages of Metal Braces?
- Metal dental braces are the least expensive of all types of braces
- Treatment time is usually the shortest as opposed to other types of braces.
- Patients can opt for a darker ligature, which hides curry, smoking or coffee stains
- Self-ligating braces do not contain rubber ligatures, so staining will not be a problem
- Strong and will not break
- Gold brackets are unique, novel and looks attractive
How to care for your Metal Dental braces
If you and your dentist have decided that metal braces are the right choice for your Orthodontic needs, then here are some instructions that you should consider.
- Avoid certain foods – There are certain types of food that patients with metal braces cannot eat, like chewy foods, like caramels or other soft candies, as well as very hard or crunchy foods that could damage the braces. Certain fruits and vegetables can get stuck in your braces, like corn therefore, these types of food should be totally eliminated from your diet or they should be cut into small pieces and consumed. Our dentist will provide a list of foods that patients with metal braces should avoid to keep them in good shape and reduce the risk of developing cavities.
- Brush and floss regularly – When you have metal braces fixed, it’s important to take proper care of your teeth with a good oral care routine, that includes brushing and flossing regularly. Regular brushing and flossing will keep the braces looking good and help you avoid staining the teeth. Our dentist will recommend a special brush designed to get into the crevices and different surfaces in metal braces. It will take some practice to learn how to brush and floss around the metal braces, but it gets easier as you go along.
- Make sure to keep your follow up appointments – Make sure to visit the dentist and orthodontist regularly so that the necessary adjustments can be made and it will also give you an opportunity to address any questions or concerns you may have with our team of experienced dentists and orthodontists. Since you will be required to wear your braces for a fairly long time, it is important to follow our orthodontist’s instructions and care for them properly.
You may think that braces are problematic and inconvenient, but once they come off, your new brilliant smile is all the reward you need and it’s worth it!