Metal Dental Braces
Traditional metal dental braces are typically used in cases with extreme overcrowding because they move your teeth in small increments at a time and give your dentist or orthodontist more control.
Metal Braces in Houston, TX
Metal braces include brackets that are attached to the front of your teeth or bands that fit around each tooth with flexible wires or archwires that hold the bands together. Some braces also include rubber bands or metal ties that link the brackets to the wire. These bands create more pressure to help straighten and align your teeth. Our doctors will help you explore the options and discuss if braces fit your treatment scenario.
The benefits of braces often go beyond the obvious physical changes of an improved bite and straighter teeth; it’s also a great way to improve a person’s overall self-image. While having beautiful straight teeth is important, more important is the need to alleviate any potential health problems associated with the teeth or jaw. Crooked teeth or jaw problems may contribute to improper cleaning of teeth, leading to tooth decay and, possibly, gum disease or total tooth loss.
Will my child need braces again when they're older? Will my insurance cover a second treatment?
This depends on each patient’s situation. Some children do need braces again when they’re older to realign their teeth. However, sometimes expanding the palate is enough to reduce teeth crowding and the teeth will remain straight.
How do I take care of my braces?
There are a few things to keep in mind when maintaining metal dental braces.
Avoid foods that aren’t braces-friendly such as chewy foods or soft candies that get stuck in the braces and will be hard to clean out of the hardware. Depending on the food, you may need to cut it into smaller pieces to keep it from getting stuck in the braces.
Brush and floss regularly. This is always important but becomes more important with braces because there are more spaces, crevices, and surfaces for food to get stuck.
Ensure you keep your regular appointments with your dentist to adjust, manage, and maintain your metal braces.
If you have more questions about metal braces and if they're right for you, please call our office and we'll be happy to discuss further.