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Metal braces

Traditionally great results 

Thinking of having braces? Then you are probably imagining a mouth full of metal, but advances in orthodontic technology mean the days of ‘train tracks’ are a thing of the past. Today, there are many different options when it comes to orthodontic treatment, but the traditional method of brackets and wires continues to be one of the most effective. 

What are metal braces?

Metal braces tend to be what most people think of when they think of orthodontic treatment. These braces consist of small metal brackets attached to your individual teeth with an archwire connecting them. Throughout the course of your treatment, this archwire slowly guides your teeth into their correct position by way of gentle pressure applied from small elastic bands. 

Are metal braces suitable for me?

Metal braces are an effective treatment for major and minor orthodontic cases, so chances are they will certainly be an effective option for you. At your initial assessment with us we can talk you through your treatment options, and if metal braces are one of them, we will explain further how this method works.  

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Benefits of metal braces

  • Long-established effective orthodontic treatment option
  • Smaller brackets are comfortable to wear
  • Gradual movement of teeth reduces pain
  • Affordable method of orthodontic treatment
  • Options for discreet treatment 

Metal braces FAQs

How long will I have to wear braces?
The length of time your braces will be on will depend on your treatment goals and the severity of your problem.  Most treatment time falls between 18 – 24 months.

How often do I need to have my braces adjusted?
Once your braces are fitted most of your appointments will be between 4 - 8weeks.

Does it hurt to eat with braces?
When you first get your braces on and after some adjustment appointments your teeth can feel a little tender and you may feel like eating softer foods. After a few days this tenderness should go away and you will be back to normal eating.

What happens if a bracket comes off?
We simply re-attach it. We ask that you call us up as soon as you are aware of this so that we can organise appropriate time for you to have this fixed.

Is there anything I can’t eat?
You should be able to eat most of the things you eat now - just adjust how you eat them. Hard, chewy foods and lolies should be avoided though as these can stick to your brackets and pull them off your teeth.  

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