Grand Rapids, MI Orthodontist
Consisting of metal brackets adhered to your teeth and connected by wire, metal braces are the most traditional option in orthodontics. Crooked and crowded teeth, a misaligned bite, and jaw problems can all be corrected with metal braces.
Treatment length can vary but our Grand Rapids orthodontist, Dr. Miller can brief you on how long it will take to gradually straighten your teeth and align your jaw.
Here’s what you need to know about metal braces.
Have you always wondered exactlyto straighten your smile? Well, when brackets and wires are placed on your teeth, they apply controlled force that gradually moves teeth into position over time. Your jaw also responds to the pressure being applied and will in turn adapt with regards to shape.
In addition to the three main components above, patients may also have springs, elastic rubber bands, headgear, spacers, and more. Before any special parts are installed, we will explain their purpose and how long they’ll need to be adhered so you’re aware.
You’ll notice some soreness for a few days after braces are first put on but that feeling should subside as your mouth adjusts. Please let our orthodontist and staff know if your discomfort continues for longer than a couple of days and we can do our best to make adjustments if necessary.
Like mentioned above, the amount of time each person has to wear braces can differ depending on the level of correction needed. However, on average, most patients will have braces for 1-3 years. When instructions are followed and braces are properly cared for outside of our office, the treatment process can move smoothly and you can avoid delay.
With metal braces, certain foods are best kept off limits until you finish treatment. Those include crunchy, sticky, and chewy foods that can become stuck to brackets, trapped between your braces and gumline, or damage components.
Because food particles can make their way underneath wires and near brackets, it’s important that you practice oral hygiene every day. Be sure to gently brush your teeth at least 2-3 times per day using a soft-bristled toothbrush, especially after meals if possible. Also remember to floss in between teeth to remove leftover food.
Dr. Miller can provide you with tips on keeping your teeth and braces clean throughout your orthodontic treatment. If you’re ever unsure about anything, please ask and we can help you get the answers you need.