Traditional metal braces have been used for orthodontic treatment for decades, and they are often the best option if you have serious bite and alignment issues. Along with related treatments and surgeries, traditional braces can be used to treat almost any orthodontic problem. Not sure if braces are right for you or your child? Call today to book a free consultation with Dr. Mindy.
Traditional metal braces are one of the most versatile methods of orthodontic correction. They are very powerful and are able to shift teeth that are severely crooked, rotated, overcrowded, or gapped. If you have more serious orthodontic issues, metal braces may be the best way to correct the position of your teeth.
After Dr. Mindy approves you for treatment, she will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. During your first appointment, a series of low-profile metal brackets will be bonded to your teeth. Then, a metal "archwire" will be run through these brackets. This arch is then secured in place by closing the door on the bracket or a series of colorful elastic rubber bands.
Every 4-8 weeks throughout your treatment, you’ll come back to our office for an adjustment. Over time, these regular adjustments will shift your teeth and correct the position of your bite and jaw.
The length of your treatment with braces primarily depends on the extent of your orthodontic issues. Most patients wear braces for a minimum of 18 months, with treatment times between 2-3 years being the most common. During your consultation and treatment planning process, Dr. Mindy will give you a more accurate estimate of how long you can expect to wear your braces.
The process of receiving braces and having them attached to your teeth does not hurt at all, though the presence of brackets, bands and wires in your mouth may take some getting used to. Braces may cause some initial pain and discomfort immediately after they are adjusted.
During adjustments, Dr. Mindy will tighten the archwire that runs through your braces in order to shift your teeth toward the proper position. The tightening of this archwire can cause some soreness and discomfort, and your teeth may ache for 24-48 hours after your braces have been tightened. During this time, it’s usually best to eat a soft diet to avoid more discomfort, and to be very gentle when you brush and floss your teeth.
Many factors can influence the cost of orthodontic treatment, such as your oral health, the extent of your orthodontic issues, and your estimated length of treatment. At Mansfield Orthodontics, we do our best to keep the price of your treatment within your budget. We work with major insurance companies and offer financing and payment plans to make it easy to get the smile of your dreams. We also offer free consultations to help you get the process started, so book an appointment today!