Modern dentistry offers several ways to straighten your teeth, making some people believe that traditional braces are out-of-date. This reliable technique for straightening teeth helps innumerable patients to attain healthy and more attractive smiles. In addition, modern innovations in manufacturing techniques and materials have made the traditional braces more comfortable and subtle than previously. At Bradshaw + Katras Orthodontic Specialists in Tennessee, we will work to give you a comfortable orthodontic experience, and our practice is committed to providing you quality care.
How Do Traditional Braces Work?
Traditional braces consist of a series of metal brackets and wires. The brackets are fixed to the teeth using dental adhesives, and wires are connected between them. The wires put constant pressure on the teeth and gently shift them into the desired positions.
The total treatment time of traditional metal braces varies from patient to patient. When your braces are removed on completion of your treatment, it is vital to wear a retainer. They will help prevent your teeth from drifting back to their previous positions.
Benefits of Traditional Braces
For decades, traditional metal braces have been employed to move the teeth into ideal positions. Over time, modern technology has made metal braces one of the most consistent methods to straighten teeth.
Other alternative solutions, such as Invisalign, cannot address more complex orthodontic problems. But traditional braces can be used for almost any orthodontic situation, making them the most preferred treatment in orthodontics.
- Comfort & Aesthetics
The old-fashioned metal braces were bulky and uncomfortable. Nowadays, modern braces are more comfortable, discreet, and aesthetically appealing than before.
Traditional metal braces provide a more cost-effective treatment solution. The chances of attaining an aligned and beautiful smile increase with metal braces due to their affordability.
Types of Traditional BracesTooth-Colored Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces are translucent, tooth-colored alternatives to traditional metal braces. They are made of ceramic brackets that match the color of the teeth to offer a more invisible and sleeker look than conventional metal braces. Besides being aesthetically attractive, they offer the following benefits as well:
- They work faster to align and straighten teeth than clear aligners.
- Unlike metal braces, ceramic braces don't interfere cause signal interference with imaging tests.
- Wearers of metal braces can develop an allergic reaction to the nickel used in the braces. This causes nickel-related contact dermatitis. With ceramic braces, the risk of this allergy is eliminated.
A more advanced and comfortable orthodontic alternative to traditional metal braces, self-ligating braces offer a faster smile straightening treatment than traditional braces. Self-ligating braces and metal braces look similar to metal braces, but there involves a significant difference. Traditional metal braces include metal or elastic ties that connect the archwire to the brackets. In contrast, self-ligating braces use a built-in system called self-ligating brackets to hold the archwire in position. This helps in offering a more inconspicuous appearance and comfortable treatment than the standard braces. Besides, the patient needs to visit their orthodontist less often as the treatment doesn't involve changing elastics with the treatment progress.
Traditional twin brackets
Twin brackets were initially manufactured to enhance control over the position of paralleling roots during the process of closing extraction space and to gain more accurate and effective correction of rotation. In the present-day orthodontic treatment, we use traditional twin brackets because they exercise 3-dimensional control over tooth movement.
How Should You Care for Traditional Braces?
While wearing the metal braces, you will need to modify your diet. We recommend that you avoid eating particularly solid or sticky food as it may get stuck between the wires.
Oral hygiene is of utmost importance. We will give all the necessary information and techniques that you need to follow to keep your mouth clean throughout your treatment. This will help avoid tooth decay and bad breath.
If you play sports, you will need to wear a mouthguard to protect your braces while you are in the field.
Your mouth might feel a little tender each time you get your braces adjusted. Eating soft foods, drinking cold water, and using pain medications can reduce discomfort.
If you are interested in learning more about our orthodontic treatments, visit our Bradshaw + Katras Orthodontic Specialists offices in Tennessee.