Metal braces are a type of orthodontic treatment that uses metal brackets attached to an arch wire to shift teeth and realign the bite. As the arch wire is adjusted as needed, it applies pressure on the metal brackets and produces the required movement in order to align the teeth. Rubber bands may also be utilized to align the bite in some instances, especially in the case of malocclusion.
Did You Know?
In 1959, NASA developed nickel titanium, which is a metal alloy. Although it was developed for use in outer space, nickel titanium became an ideal material to fabricate the arch wires used for braces.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for metal braces?
You may be a candidate for metal braces if you have any of the following problems:
- Crowded, crooked, or protruding teeth
- An open bite, underbite, crossbite, or overbite
- Gaps between the teeth
- An inability to close your lips comfortably
- Problems chewing or biting
- Mouth breathing
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Jaw clicking or shifting
- An improperly shaped jaw or facial asymmetry
To determine if you are an ideal candidate for metal braces, schedule a consultation with our Flushing, Queens orthodontist at New York Dental Solutions.
What can I expect when undergoing orthodontic treatment with metal braces at New York Dental Solutions?
When you schedule an appointment at New York Dental Solutions, we’ll start by determining whether metal braces are suitable for you based on your tooth structure and treatment goals. After that, you can expect to have metal brackets cemented to the front of each tooth and connected to an arch wire with colorful bands.
Because metal braces are a fixed appliance, this means that they are not removable and will remain in place for the duration of your treatment. This also means that you will need to adhere to some temporary diet restrictions to avoid damaging your braces. You may also experience some minor discomfort while the soft tissues in your mouth adapt to the metal brackets.
What can I expect after orthodontic treatment with metal braces?
After your orthodontic treatment is complete, you will be fitted with a Vivera retainer. It is important that you wear your retainer as directed in order to maintain your treatment results and prevent your teeth from shifting back into their original position.