Traditional Braces in Surrey, BC
Traditional metal braces have been used as a method for straightening teeth for many years. Even though there are other options now for achieving straighter teeth (such as Invisalign and clear braces), metal braces remain a popular treatment because they are very effective. King George Dental Centre in Surrey, BC offers this treatment to give you or your child the smile you’re looking for. Not only are straight teeth more attractive, but they can help with oral health as well because straight teeth are easier to clean.
How metal braces work
All braces work to straighten teeth by applying a steady amount of pressure on the teeth to shift them in a particular direction into their new position. Metal braces at King George Dental Centre consist of a system of brackets that are placed on the teeth using an adhesive and connected with metal wires. This wire is tightened periodically to apply pressure in a calculated way to move the teeth around. Straightening the teeth in this way can also help with jaw alignment. Traditional braces are commonly seen in adolescents and other younger patients, but adults can utilize the treatment as well. They can be used to treat alignment issues such as crooked or crowded teeth, a misaligned bite, and jaw problems.
Depending on the severity of the case, treatment with traditional braces in Surrey, BC usually takes one to three years. The last phase of treatment will require the use of a retainer, which will prevent the teeth from shifting back to their original position on the gum line.
Advantages and disadvantages of metal braces
Although they are not the most attractive treatment and are very conspicuous with the metal brackets and wires, traditional braces are a more effective treatment for extreme overcrowding than other options such as clear braces or aligners. They are also less expensive. Traditional braces are a good option for orthodontists because they allow for more control in moving the teeth in small increments. Advances in technology have made today’s braces more visually appealing than those in the past, with a range of color options available for the brackets and the elastics. Metal braces can be very uncomfortable as the brackets and wires can irritate the soft tissues in the mouth, but, again, advances in dentistry have improved this as well.
Contact your dentist at King George Dental Centre to learn more about orthodontic treatment and to determine whether or not it is the best treatment for you.