What are Metal Braces?
Metal braces are very strong and can withstand most types of treatment. Metal brackets can be silver or golden. Even though there may be some irritation, there are several first aid tricks to deal with the discomfort, such as saltwater rinses and applying wax to the metal brackets.
Most traditional metal braces require an elastic O-shaped rubber band. This is called a ligature and it is used to hold the arch wire onto the bracket. Sometimes metal tie wires (wires that twist around the bracket) are used in place of elastic ligatures.
And now, choices of colorful ligatures are available in a rainbow of colors to emphasize personal style. Some adults may remember that metal braces were not just brackets, but a band that wrapped around each individual tooth. This method is usually reserved for molars or teeth with fillings that overlap to the outside surface of a tooth.
Pros: Metal brackets tend to be less expensive than other types of brackets; brackets don’t stain easily.
Cons: Gums and cheek tissue may become irritated; most noticeable type of braces.
Advantages of Metal Braces
- Metal brackets usually are the least expensive of all types of braces.
- Treatment time is usually the shortest among all types of braces.
- You can choose a darker ligature, which hides curry, smoking or black coffee stains.
- Self-ligating braces do not contain rubber ligatures, so staining will never be a problem.
- They are strong and rarely break.
- Golden brackets are unique, novel and generally look attractive.
- Treatment with Ceramic Braces may take a few months longer than metal braces.
- Metal brackets are smaller than ceramic counterparts.
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Invisalign braces are great for people who do not have severe problems.
Plus, as the name implies, they are invisible!