These metal braces are often associated with middle school and adolescence because treatment usually begins between ages 8 and 14. Traditional braces work to realign teeth by applying pressure using small metal brackets cemented to the teeth and connected by a wire. This wire is then periodically tightened by the dentist or orthodontist to gradually shift the position of the teeth and jaw. Though metal braces are probably more well-known, tooth-colored brackets are also available. Braces have been improved over the years; they are now lighter in weight and structure than they used to be.
Though they may not be the most attractive option, traditional braces near you are more effective at treating extreme overcrowding than clear braces or Invisalign. They are also less expensive and there is no chance of misplacing them. The main disadvantage to traditional braces is the metal mouth appearance, but today’s braces have been made more visually appealing, with a range of color options for both the brackets and elastics.
When wearing braces in Phoenix, certain foods will have to be avoided, namely chewy foods (such as caramels or other soft candies) and crunchy or hard foods that could damage the braces. Other foods can get stuck in the braces; a list of foods to avoid will be provided to keep the braces in good shape. In addition to maintaining a certain diet, braces also require maintenance. Brushing and flossing must be kept up with, though these habits will have to be performed in a different way to work around the brackets and wires. It is very important to keep the braces clean. Following treatment, which lasts between one and three years, depending on the severity of the case, a retainer will be recommended to hold the teeth in their new positions.
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