Traditional Orthodontic Braces
Traditional metal braces are one of the most common, tried-and-true methods of straightening teeth. Parents of our patients often comment that they had this type of orthodontic braces when they were younger.
If you have a crooked, gapped, or uneven smile, traditional braces are a great way to give you the straight smile of your dreams. They can also be used to correct under- and overbites as well as certain jaw issues.
While their parents probably wore all-silver braces with plain metal bands, many of our current pre-teen and teenage patients in The Woodlands can now coordinate the color of their braces with holidays, their school, and their favorite colors, thanks to different colored elastic bands. Metal braces offer the option to do this in a fashionable way, and for young kids, choosing their colors can make the process of wearing braces more enjoyable.
You can also feel good knowing that the brackets we use are made in the USA!
Benefits of Traditional Braces
- They’re suitable for patients of any age.
- They can help tackle more complex alignment issues that other systems can’t handle.
- They’re much more comfortable these days than in decades past due to advancements in technology.
- They can usually close gaps and move teeth more quickly than some systems, such as Invisalign.
Things to Know About Traditional Braces
With traditional braces, it’s important that you stay on top of your oral hygiene routine. While it might be more difficult to reach some places in your mouth, you shouldn’t use that as an excuse to cut back on how you brush and floss. Neglecting your oral health can quickly result in periodontal disease, cavities, or uneven tooth staining when you have metal braces.
You should also avoid foods that might harm your metal braces, including anything chewy, sticky, or hard. These foods can pull your brackets off your teeth or cause other damage. You might also need to change the way you bite into foods, as doing something as simple as taking a normal bite of an apple may damage your brackets.
If you’d like to talk to Dr. Pratt about traditional braces, call our The Woodlands, TX office near Magnolia, Spring, Conroe and Tomball, TX at 281-367-0050 (Woodlands) or 936-596-1200 (Montgomery) to make an appointment today!