Traditional Metal Braces Overview
Thanks to modern dental technology and countless orthodontic improvements, conventional metal braces have increased in both comfort and affordability. Merritt Island Center for Dentistry provides a wide selection of orthodontic treatments to accommodate the vast wants and needs of our Merritt Island, FL patients. Traditional braces offer fun customizations that are not possible with clear aligners such as Invisalign. A number of our patients prefer metal braces because it helps them to display their personality by choosing different colored elastic bands. This is particularly an enjoyable feature for younger patients and teenagers that are going to their school sports games because they can show their team spirit. To find out more about conventional metal braces, then schedule an appointment with general and cosmetic dentist Dr. Dieter Burr at our office in Merritt Island, FL.
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Best Candidates for Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are a good choice for both adults and children. Our traditional braces are made of high-quality stainless steel archwires and mounts that are strategically positioned to give you the beautiful smile you desire. They're an ideal choice for patients who have jaw alignment issues, gapped or crowded teeth, malocclusions, and protruding teeth. In addition, we use high-quality elastic bands that don't readily snap and are easy to put on. During your appointment with Merritt Island, FL dentist Dr. Burr, he will discuss your orthodontic treatment options and help you select the method that suits your needs and goals.
What to Expect with Traditional Metal Braces
Following your initial exam, an individualized treatment program will be developed by Dr. Burr for your particular case. When you return to get your braces, your teeth will be properly cleaned and prepped before applying your metal brackets. After we've applied the bonding agent on your teeth, then your metal brackets will be put on. Once all the brackets are in place, Dr. Burr will thread the wire through all the brackets. You will then have the ability to choose your preferred band color(s). The little elastics keep the wires connected to the metal brackets. Generally, the application procedure moves quite fast and patients frequently feel little to no discomfort. You should expect to come back to Merritt Island Center for Dentistry once a month to get alterations and progress checks.
Traditional Metal Braces Follow-Up
Metal may make flossing and cleaning your teeth harder. However, good oral hygiene is critical to your orthodontic therapy. Before you leave our office, Dr. Burr will instruct you about how to clean your teeth and provide you with helpful hints. As a rule of thumb, we suggest that you floss and brush your teeth after each meal. Maintaining all of your orthodontic appointments and bi-annual dental cleanings will also help to give you optimal outcomes. Typically, most patients wear braces for 1 – 2 years; however, your treatment period will ultimately depend on the severity of your situation.
Once your treatment is finished, we'll take the braces off your teeth and fit you to get a retainer. Your retainer can help keep your teeth in their new position. Dr. Burr can help you select the right retainer to fit your new smile.
If you've got an issue, do not panic. You may have the ability to solve many braces issues temporarily on your own until you make an appointment at our office. These issues don't have to create a delay in your therapy. Whenever you feel that you're not able to deal with any orthodontic problem, please call us.
Loose Band or Bracket
In the event the bracket or band remains connected to the wire, then leave it where it is. If it's causing discomfort, put sugarless gum or orthodontic wax on it. Occasionally it is possible to remove the rubber band using tweezers, letting you detach the mount from the archwire.
Attempt to push the wire back into position with tweezers. If that's not working, clip the archwire with fingernail clippers or little cable cutters beyond the last tooth that it's firmly attached. When it's causing pain, place sugarless gum or orthodontic wax on it.
Put sugarless gum or orthodontic wax on the archwire.
You may have some discomfort for many days following every office visit. Chew carefully on sugarless gum following appointments to reduce discomfort. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water or a non-prescription pain medication as needed.
In the event the appliance is poking or sticking you, then place sugarless gum or orthodontic wax over it to stabilize it.
Traditional Metal Braces Insurance Coverage
Compared to other orthodontic options, conventional metal braces are typically less costly. In your consultation, Dr. Burr will discuss your treatment choices and cost quotes so that you may choose the method that best fits your needs, goals, and budget. In case you're using insurance, we'll contact your provider to confirm your policy and calculate your out-of-pocket expenses. If you do not have insurance, then Merritt Island Center for Dentistry takes several payment methods and we will be able to help you to find low-interest medical financing.
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Traditional Metal Braces
In the past few years, there have been many improvements in orthodontic and dental care for individuals of all ages. Nevertheless, traditional metal braces are still among the most used methods at Merritt Island Center for Dentistry. Contact our office in Merritt Island, FL to schedule an appointment with Dr. Burr and find out more about conventional metal braces and your other orthodontic options.