Metal braces (stainless steel braces)
Traditional metal braces, also called stainless steel braces, are still sometimes necessary to correct complex orthodontic issues. They are more accurate than other orthodontic options because every tooth can be individually controlled.
Contrary to the ‘metal-mouth’ that most people imagine when they think of braces, modern stainless steel braces are smaller and less noticeable than in the past. They are also cheaper than clear or tooth-coloured wires, or Invisalign.
How do metal braces work?
Braces use metal brackets which are attached to each individual tooth. These brackets are then linked to one another using a thin metal wire. The wire itself is attached to each individual tooth using ligatures, which resemble tiny elastic bands. Our dentist adjusts the metal wire to gently guide each tooth into its new, straighter position. Patients with braces will be required to come into our practice roughly every six weeks so we can monitor your progress and make necessary adjustments. While every patient is different, braces will take an average of six months – two years to achieve the desired results.
Once the braces are removed, a patient will need to wear a retainer to keep their smile looking straight and beautiful. These can either be removable, fixed wire bonded or glued onto the back of the front six teeth, or a combination of both. Please keep in mind that retention is for life. The longer you wear your retainer, the longer your teeth remain straight.
Do I need fixed metal braces?
Our stainless steel or metal braces are used to treat a number of issues, including:
- Crooked or crowded teeth
- Spaces between teeth
- Overbites or underbites
- Disorders of the jaw (including incorrect jaw position)