Metal Braces – Tucker, GA
A Traditional & Trusted Approach
From a crooked smile to an uneven bite to spacing issues between individual teeth, there are many different orthodontic problems that you or your child might have – and even with the numerous options at our disposal, we’re still highly likely to recommend metal braces from our Tucker, GA orthodontist as a solution. Today’s metal braces for Marietta, GA orthodontic patients are more comfortable than ever before, so you don’t have to feel nervous about beginning your treatment when you call our orthodontic office.
Why Choose Duo Ortho
for Metal Braces?
- Quick, Pragmatic Orthodontic Solutions
- Reliable, Time-Tested, Personalized Braces
- Dental Team That Speaks 3 Different Languages
How Braces Work
Metal braces are made up of a series of brackets attached to the individual teeth, an archwire used to connect said brackets together, and elastics that hold the wire in place. The archwire will lightly push on the teeth and slowly move them towards a more ideal position. In order to complete the movement, braces will need to be adjusted periodically, usually by repositioning or replacing the archwire.
Why Choose Braces?
Compared to other orthodontic treatments, braces have been proven to yield better results over the long term when it comes to complex corrections. Furthermore, they are very versatile and can be used to correct mild to severe cases of crooked teeth, misaligned jaws, and a variety of other issues. They’re also suitable for children because they are not removed easily, meaning you can count on your child’s mouth benefitting from treatment for a full 24 hours every day.
After we’ve decided whether or not braces are right for you, we can begin the step-by-step process. A standard case usually looks like this:
- Photographic scanns and X-rays of the mouth are taken for planning purposes.
- Once a plan is decided on, the orthodontic brackets and archwires are placed on the teeth.
- You will return every month for orthodontic adjustments and progress checks.
- The treatment will normally last around one to two years before the brackets are removed and a retainer is provided.
Benefits of Braces
By the end of your treatment, your teeth should be noticeably straighter, and your upper and lower jaw should be much more comfortably aligned. Naturally, this can work wonders for your self-image and confidence. It also helps improve oral health in a variety of ways. Straight teeth are much easier to clean properly in order to prevent cavities, and a well-aligned bite puts less stress on the teeth so they don’t wear down abnormally fast.
Traditional Braces FAQs
Before you get braces for yourself or someone in your family, we encourage you to ask us any questions that might be on your mind. After all, orthodontic treatments usually take many months to complete, so you should have a good idea of what’s going to happen before you begin the process. Below are some of the most common questions that our patients ask while they’re considering braces. Please let us know if you have any additional questions that aren’t answered here.
Am I Too Old to Get Braces?
There is really no such thing as “too old for braces.” The reason why braces are typically recommended for children is that it’s typically easier to make changes in a jaw that hasn’t fully developed. Once you reach adulthood, your teeth will be embedded more firmly in place. However, they can still be moved with braces; the treatment will simply take more time. Bear in mind that if you’re getting braces as an adult, your insurance might not provide the same coverage they would for orthodontic treatments for kids, so your out-of-pocket costs may be higher.
Can I Get Braces on Just My Top or Bottom Teeth?
While you technically can get braces for just one row of teeth, it’s typically not recommended to do so. Braces are designed to bring both arches into alignment, so if you move one but not the other, it can have serious consequences. Your teeth may not come together properly when closing your mouth, and slight underbites or overbites could become much more serious issues. As such, a single arch treatment is only recommended if we’ve examined your mouth and found that it truly is the right option for you. Most of the time, though, it’s better to wear braces on both arches.
Do Traditional Braces Hurt?
Many people experience soreness on their teeth and gums when they first get braces. This usually only lasts about a week; taking over-the-counter pain relievers and eating soft foods can help keep you comfortable. Things should improve once your mouth adjusts. You may experience additional discomfort when you have your braces adjusted every few weeks, but it typically won’t be as bad as when you first had braces attached.
Can I Chew Gum While I Have Braces?
It’s not generally considered a good idea to chew gum or other sticky foods while you have braces. If they become stuck to the wires, they might cause them to bend. That can lead to your teeth shifting in directions they were never intended to go, prolonging your treatment and possibly inflicting permanent dental damage.
You might hear claims that chewing gum can help relieve soreness after getting braces or reduce gum inflammation by increasing blood flow to the area. However, the risks of damaging your braces and disrupting your treatment mean that any benefits most likely aren’t worth it. Stick to soft, easy-to-chew foods that won’t put your orthodontic appliance at risk.