Orthodontic patients can choose from several types of braces today, but many patients still opt for the traditional kind, complete with wires and brackets. While modern metal braces are still not as discreet as other orthodontic options, they are improved over previous versions and offer specific advantages. In fact, metal braces remain an option for more patients thanks to their broad corrective capabilities. Here is more about the benefits of traditional braces and how this treatment is provided by our Houston braces dentist.
Like older forms of metal braces, modern ones still use brackets and wires to straighten teeth. The brackets are bonded to the teeth first, then the wires are threaded through the brackets and held in place with elastic bands. Unlike older metal braces, however, braces today have smaller brackets and are significantly more comfortable. In terms of corrective ability, metal braces outshine Invisalign. Metal braces are also more affordable than alternative treatments. Finally, metal braces are an option for the majority of adults, adolescents, and children who visit our dentist for braces in Houston.
To start treatment with metal braces, patients visit our Houston braces dentist to have X-rays and photos taken of their teeth and jaws. Patients then wait for their braces to be made before they return to our office and have their braces attached. As treatment moves forward, patients visit our dentist to have their braces tightened according to plan. Once treatment is complete, which takes about two years in most cases, patients have their braces removed and start wearing retainers.
Metal braces can correct even severe bite irregularities affecting teeth. For patients who only need very small adjustments, a shorter version of metal braces may be appropriate. With any form of metal braces offered by our dentist in Houston, patients can count on having good-looking, comfortable teeth afterwards. A consultation with our dentist for braces in Houston can be scheduled by patients who want to learn more about metal braces and how they compare to other orthodontic choices.
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