The Pros and Cons of Traditional Metal Braces
Suitable for All Treatment Types
Metal dental braces can correct even the most complicated issues in aligning your teeth.These newly designed braces are not only esthetically pleasing, but functional as well. These are beneficial in closing gaps and correcting crooked teeth fast.
Achieve Near Perfect Results
Braces can achieve more precise results than Invisalign. Metal braces have the ability to apply more force to move teeth into the desired position and with multiple angles of pull, metal braces allow your orthodontist more treatment options. While Invisalign is a great option, it is limited in terms of how much teeth can be moved at a time.
The typical cost of regular braces varies widely depending on the case type, but is usually in the range of $2,500 to $6,000. In turn, the typical cost of Invisalign costs between $3,500 to $8,000.
Multiple Options and Colors to Choose From
Customize that smile! With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.
Faster Treatment Time
Oh yes time is on your side!
Generally, when closing gaps and aligning teeth the treatment time can be faster with tradional metal braces vs Invisalign.
Speed of treatment can play a big factor for adults as well as kids to get their orthodontic treatment finished as fast as possible.
One thing to note is that the skill and experience of your Orthodontist can also contribute to consistently faster treatment times (Psst, Dr. Cohen is really good at this:)).
Low Profile Design for Ease of Speaking
With a low profile design, you no longer have to alter your mouth speech patterns, this really benefical for kids when they have to give a speech in school or for an adult giving presentations at the workplace.
Aesthetics of Tradional Braces
A lot of folks don’t like the look of traditional braces. They are worried they will feel self conscious about their appearance in some social settings. This can deeply affect teens in a part of their life when their bodies are going through all sorts of changes. The best solution we found is to identify what makes the each patient feel comfortable and put a plan together to make sure they feel good about themselves while getting tremendous results.
Difficulty Brushing and Flossing
Brushing and flossing your teeth can be difficult with braces, especially when you first get started. If you don’t clean your teeth properly, you risk having plaque build up around the braces which can lead to staining and decay.
Our patients are given instructions to follow and are always welcome for a simple in office refresher course on how to correctly brush and floss while your braces are on.
Changes in Diet and Food Preparation
So this might be the biggest challenge of all. Care needs to be taken with various foods and drink you consume with braces.
Hard and sticky foods like taffy can cause the arch wire to break or a bracket to pop off your tooth. Not good!
Once this happens, your braces won’t work until the breakage is fixed. This can affect your total treatment time.
Regular Consultations Needed
While we do love seeing you at the office, it does become a minor inconvience having to come into the office for your regular checkups. The fact is that we need to check on progress you are making and adjust accordingly. Typically we do a monthly review to see how well your teeth have moved and make changes so they continue to move your teeth properly.
By contrast, our Invisalign patients visit the office less frequently because their aligners have already been made in advanced.
May Lead to Jaw Pain & Headaches
The primary side effect of braces is pain. When Dr. Coehn tightens your braces to make changes, it adds tension to the jaw. This tightening helps align the teeth, but puts added pressure on the mouth and face.
This may trigger pain in your mouth and head. In addition to this, chewing or biting down on hard or rough items like potato chips can cause gum pain and bleeding, as the gums are already irritated.
Hard foods like nuts, candy, and ice cubes or foods that must be bitten into or from a bone or cob can result in the accidental breakage of wires.
Broken wires can do damage to your mouth by scraping and poking the inside of your mouth, causing cuts and bleeding.
Breakages and delays in repair can also prevent progress.
The Pros and Cons of Metal Braces
|Suitable for All Treatment Types
||Aesthetics of Tradional Braces
|Achieve Near Perfect Results
||Difficulty Brushing and Flossing
||Changes in Diet and Food Preparation
|Multiple Options and Colors to Choose From
||Regular Consultations Needed
|Faster Treatment Time
||May Lead to Jaw Pain & Headaches
|Low Profile Design for Ease of Speaking
Components of Metal Braces
Brackets are typically made from alloyed mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals that are designed to be extremely durable and long-lasting.
Brackets have little hooks over which the wire is threaded to secure the brackets in place.
This is what we typically use to attach brackets to your teeth.
Although some orthodontists may attach the brackets to a metal band which is then crimped around the tooth to hold it in place, it’s much more common these days to attach the bracket directly to the tooth with glue.
In certain cases that require more serious or an accelerated treatment schedule, metal bands may be used together with glue to give the braces more leverage and stability.
This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Over time, Dr. Cohen will change the shape and overall curvature of the wire to help assist the movement of your teeth in the desired direction. And yes, today’s braces are far more comfortable than in the past, thanks to shape-memory NiTi wires.
Using technology developed at NASA, NiTi wires exert a continuous force against the teeth to move them in the right direction.
This eliminates the ongoing need for wire tightening and reduces a patient’s overall time in braces! Pretty cool eh!
For patients who need specific bite correction, elastics are a critical component to its sucess. Typically the elastics are placed between an upper bracket hook and a lower bracket hook, this enables a pulling of the upper jaw backward to correct an overbite, or the lower jaw backward to correct an underbite.
Alsom you may need rubber bands to help bring your front teeth together or to increase the number of teeth you show when you smile. This will all be decided on during your report of finding exam with Dr. Cohen.