Metal braces are the traditional form of braces treatment. This effective treatment is the most commonly used technique for straightening and aligning the teeth. At the Doral & Miami Centers for Orthodontics, we offer metal braces and other braces treatments to residents of Miami Springs, Kendall, Hialeah, and the neighboring areas of Florida.
What Are Metal Braces?
Metal braces are the most common type of braces treatment and are considered the traditional braces treatment. These braces straighten your teeth by using a wire, called the archwire, which is affixed to individual metal brackets on each tooth. Patients can enjoy an added level of customization with their metal braces by choosing the color of their elastics—the small bands that connect the wire to the bracket.
What is it Like to Have Metal Braces?
Today, metal braces are more comfortable than ever. Beginning your braces treatment may require some adjustments, as you will have limitations on your food choices. Patients typically stick to a softer diet during their braces treatment, as soreness is common after tightening appointments and hard and chewy foods can damage the braces. You will also have to take special care when brushing and flossing, as it is easy for food to get caught in your braces and interfere with your oral health. Braces may take some getting used to, but patients are still able to participate in all of their favorite activities without missing a beat. To learn more about your braces treatment, visit our page on life with braces.
How Long Will I Have to Wear Braces?
Your braces treatment will depend on the concerns that need to be corrected during your treatment. Typically, our patients wear braces for between six and 30 months, with most patients wearing them for about 22 months. During your initial appointment, we will be able to provide you with an accurate timeline of your braces treatment.
Are There Other Types of Braces?
Although we typically recommend metal braces, there are a number of braces treatments that can also be a suitable option for correcting your smile. These braces include:
If you are considering metal braces or any other kind of braces treatment, contact us today to schedule an appointment. The Doral & Miami Centers for Orthodontics specialize in braces treatments for all ages. We are proud to help patients from Miami Springs, Kendall, Hialeah, and the surrounding areas of Florida achieve their perfect smile.