Say the word “braces” and most people know exactly what you’re talking about. A clear image comes to mind. However, modern traditional metal braces are now smaller and slimmer than those from the past. And, because they are ideal for treating all types of orthodontic cases, Dr. Berrada frequently recommends them for both her child and adult patients.
Metal braces consist of stainless steel brackets and special orthodontic wires. The brackets are adhesively bonded to the front of your teeth. Each one of these brackets has an edge, which we call a wing. To hold the orthodontic wire in place, metal or elastic bands are tied around the wings. It’s those wires that actually make your teeth move—the brackets merely hold the wire firmly against each tooth. As you progress through your orthodontic treatment, Dr. Berrada—who completed a post-graduate program in orthodontics at New York University—will change out the wires in order to straighten your teeth. To do this, and to make any other necessary adjustments, Dr. Berrada sees patients in the office every few weeks during treatment. For any of our patients, traditional braces are a durable and cost-effective option. For this reason, they are the most popular choice for children and teens, but they can be equally appropriate for adults, too. This tried-and-true orthodontic system can be used to correct an array of problems, including:
- Crooked teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Bite misalignment, or malocclusion
Because the metal braces of today are smaller and sleeker, there is usually only mild irritation to the cheeks or gums at the start of treatment. However, in a short time, the inside of your mouth will adapt. In the meantime, we’ll give you or your child wax that can be pressed onto the brackets to alleviate any discomfort.
Traditional braces also have an element of fun, too. The elastics that hold the archwires in place come in a rainbow of colors. Children can alter the colors of their braces at each one of their appointments. They can choose their favorite colors or support their school or team. Elastics also come in silver and white for adults who want their braces to have a more discreet appearance.
Are braces the right treatment for you or your child? To find out, contact us today for a consultation.