Traditional metal braces are the most common type of orthodontic care and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of medical grade stainless steel, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile. Dr. Bietsch can help you or your child with jaw alignment issues, crowded or spaced teeth, under or over bites, crooked, and protruding smiles. Having braces can impact your teeth and oral health for the rest of your life, give your teeth the room they deserve, improve speech impediments, and much more. It truly is more than just creating a beautiful smile. At our state-of-the-art orthodontic office in Prosper, TX, we offer complimentary consultations for traditional metal braces and we will discuss all the options in treatment and appliances. Call today for your first appointment.
About the Metal Braces
When it comes to traditional metal braces, we offer this orthodontic treatment to children and adults based on their correction needs and aesthetic goals. Time in braces can range from 1 – 2 years, but will ultimately depend on the severity of the case. Once the braces are placed on the teeth, the patient will have to return about every 6 weeks for an adjustment until the treatment is completed.
What to Expect
Each patient will require their own personalized treatment plan. Our orthodontic assistant will cleanse and air dry the teeth before the braces application begins. Then, we will put on a bonding agent on each tooth and Dr. Bietsch will position each bracket to the precise location needed for each tooth. A light then cures the glue attaching the bracket to the tooth and a precisely cut wire is placed in the braces. The fun part is now picking the colors of the rubber bands that will be placed to hold the wire into the braces. The process of putting the braces on is a fast, painless process.
Once the braces are placed, soreness from the teeth not being moved before is normal for approximately the first week. Everyone is a little different and some patients only feel discomfort only for the first couple of days. Taking ibuprofen as indicated usually is best to offset the soreness. We will also give you a list of foods that are good to eat with braces and those that can give your braces problems. Although not everything is on the list of foods to avoid, a general rule is to avoid anything that is hard, sticky or chewy.
Brushing after every meal will ensure that food debris is not sitting on the teeth throughout the day (or on the braces), which will promote tooth decay and gum disease. Flossing is imperative on a daily basis to keep the gums and teeth healthy throughout treatment. Keeping all your orthodontic appointments, plus regular dental cleanings and check-ups with your dentist is also key in the health of your smile.
After your orthodontic treatment is completed, we will remove the braces from your teeth and fit you for a retainer. Dr. Bietsch will discuss the best retainer option for you as a retainer will help keep your teeth in their new position.
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Customize Your Smile
In recent years, there have been many advances in dental and orthodontic care for patients of all ages. Our orthodontic office still offers traditional metal braces for a beautiful, healthy smile. Well-aligned teeth ensure your teeth, jaws, and lips can work properly. Dr. Bietsch would like to offer you a consultation at our BIETSCH Orthodontics office to customize your smile.