If you’re considering having metal braces fitted to perfect your smile, you’ve more than likely got a lot of questions about how they work and how they will affect your day-to-day life. So let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of treatment to give you a better understanding of whether they will be suitable for you…
Metal Braces: The Pros
- They’re versatile – Fixed metal braces are incredibly versatile and can be used to treat the vast majority of dental problems, including those that are traditionally more difficulty to fix. If you’ve got gaps between your teeth, crooked or overcrowded teeth, protrusive or rotated teeth, an overbite, an underbite, or even a crossbite, fixed orthodontics can provide an effective solution!
- They’re fixed – Once they’re in, they’re in. Unlike removable appliances, there’s no need to worry about taking them out to clean them, forgetting to put them back in, or breaking or misplacing them.
- They’re precise – Because they use brackets, they are an extremely precise way to treat cosmetic dental issues and often provide the best possible results.
- They’re fast – Because they are precise, your treatment can progress much quicker than other options.
- They’re low cost – The speed, precision and ease of use of a fixed metal appliance makes treatment more affordable.
Metal Braces: The Cons
- They can be uncomfortable – Some people find that, when they first start wearing a fixed appliance, they can dig into their cheeks and cause discomfort in their mouth. You may also experience toothache for the first few days of wearing them, and it’s normal for your teeth to feel a bit loose as they start moving into their new positions.
- The good news, however, is that any pain and discomfort can be treated using over-the-counter painkillers and orthodontic wax.
- They can be difficult to clean – Cleaning can be somewhat difficult and time consuming (although the same applies for ceramic and lingual braces). It is, however, vital that you clean them thoroughly and properly in order to keep your teeth healthy and bright.
- They can be imposing on your appearance – Thanks to their metal wires and brackets, metal braces are not as discreet as other types of treatment and this can put a lot of people off having them.
How do I keep my metal braces clean?
When you have your appliance fitted, your dentist will give you in-depth instructions about how to clean them – it’s important that you follow the instructions carefully.
To give you an idea about what cleaning your braces involves, you’ll need to brush your teeth after every single meal and also ensure that you change your toothbrush regularly. You should also clean in between the brace using interdental brushes or floss threaders, and your dentist may recommend using specialist fluoride treatments.
How will my metal braces be fitted?
If you are contemplating having treatment, you will usually follow the following step by step process:
- You’ll attend a consultation where your dentist will discuss your options and establish if fixed orthodontic treatment will offer the desired results.
- If you decide to go ahead your dentist will take x-rays, impressions, and photographs of your teeth. This will allow them to plan your treatment.
- You’ll attend another appointment where your dentist will clean your teeth, before using special glue to stick your brackets in position and then attaching the wires and elastics.
Will I need any further appointments?
Once you’ve had your appliance fixed, you will need to visit your dentist regularly so that they can check the progress of your treatment and make any necessary adjustments. Once the treatment is completed, you will also need to wear a retainer to ensure that you keep your new and improved smile.