Traditional Metal Braces

It’s important to remember, that most people aren’t born with an attractive smile or a proper bite. Consequently, wearing braces is usually inevitable if you want to have a beautiful, healthy smile. Having a great smile will not only help you look better and feel better about yourself, studies have shown it can impact your personal and professional success throughout your lifetime.

The teenage years (between the ages of 12 and 16) are the most common time for orthodontic treatment. That’s because by age 12, most, if not all, of your permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, so crooked teeth, gaps and “bad bites” can easily be detected. These problems rarely correct themselves, so this is when the majority of people seek orthodontic treatment.

What are conventional metal braces?

Conventional metal braces can be an alternative for teenage or adult orthodontic treatment. They can be used to correct all types of crowding and malocclusion. Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

Conventional braces consist of metal brackets and archwires. The metal brackets are attached to the front surface of your teeth and the archwire is threaded through these
Developments in technology and design have meant conventional braces are much lighter, smaller and more comfortable to wear than they previously were. They also remain one of the most effective methods of straightening teeth.

The braces alone do not move teeth; they are simply mechanisms that allow wires and other accoutrements to affect the actual tooth movement (wires, chains, elastics, coil springs, and other devices). By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to a corrected position.

These are the most common type of braces and they аre still popular today because they’re so effective. However, modern braces are more streamlined and comfortable. These are a popular choice for patients who like to choose colorful elastics to show off their personality. Conventional braces can also be fun as there are coloured ties which can be used, making them popular among children and teenagers.

In conventional metal braces…

  • The brackets are bonded onto the outer surface of the tooth and rely on a little elastic band called a module to hold the archwire into the brace.
  • Together, the brace/module/archwire complex allows the moving of the tooth into a more desired position
  • Conventional metal braces are typically for 1–2 years treatment.

Reasons to choose conventional braces:

  • They are traditionally one of the most effective methods of straightening teeth.
  • They are much smaller and more comfortable to wear than they once were.
  • They can be made fun through the use of coloured brackets and bands.