Interested in traditional metal braces? This classic orthodontic treatment remains one of the best ways to achieve a straighter, more attractive smile. One of the benefits of metal braces is that they can help patients of all ages, from elementary school children to adults. To determine if you’re a candidate for metal braces, you’ll need to schedule a consultation with one of our orthodontists in Fort Wayne, IN, and surrounding areas.
In the meantime, here are the main pros and cons of traditional metal braces.
Our orthodontists may recommend traditional metal braces to achieve complex tooth movements. For example, metal braces are a great option for patients who need to correct severe overcrowding. Under these circumstances, metal braces give our orthodontists more control to move your teeth in small increments at a time.
Traditional metal braces work by exerting constant but gentle pressure on your teeth so they move into their optimal positions over time. That way, you’ll be able to achieve a better bite and a more attractive smile.
One of the benefits of traditional metal braces is that you get to pick the colors of the elastics. These elastics are responsible for tying your archwire to your brackets, but that doesn’t mean you can’t choose fun colors!
Many of our patients like to choose colors to celebrate the holidays, show school pride, or support their favorite sports teams. Wearing your favorite colors on your teeth can also give you the encouragement you need to smile with confidence during your orthodontic treatment.
We offer a whole rainbow of colors when it comes to elastics, so feel free to express your creativity!
Patients with metal braces will need to avoid foods that are sticky and/or hard to chew. Otherwise, they risk damaging their wires and brackets. During your appointment, we’ll be sure to advise you on what foods to avoid during your orthodontic treatment. That way, you’ll be able to prevent damage to your traditional metal braces. In general, we recommend that you avoid foods like caramel, chewing gum, popcorn, and hard breads.
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If you want to continue eating an unlimited diet, ask our orthodontists if you’re a candidate for Invisalign® aligners. These clear aligners are removable, so you can eat what you want during orthodontic treatment.
That being said, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a healthy, delicious diet while wearing dental braces. You just need to be mindful of the types of foods you eat for a few months while we straighten your teeth. The temporary restriction on your diet will be well worth the results in the long run.
Our orthodontists in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and surrounding areas are accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, please call Parrish Orthodontics at (260) 447-2568. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.