What are Traditional Braces?
Years ago, braces consisted of brackets on metal bands that were placed around the teeth. Wires and rubber bands were used with the brackets to move the teeth. This type of treatment was often uncomfortable for the tongue and cheek as the bands and wires would rub against them. With our office in Brooklyn, advances in design have improved to considerably lessen the discomfort. Brackets are still used as are wires and rubber bands. The teeth are moved as force is applied in small increments through the tightening of the wires and pressured exerted by the rubber bands.
For extreme overcrowding of teeth many orthodontists use traditional metal braces because of their effectiveness. Metal braces provide more control over the movement of teeth. Though obviously not permanent, they are not removed until the treatment is completed. They are not as aesthetically unappealing as they were years ago. Today’s traditional braces are fashion forward. In fact, many youngsters make fashion statements with the different colors available now for brackets and elastics. One of the advantages that parents appreciate about metal braces is the fact that they will not be lost, forgotten or tossed out with a napkin at meal time as happens frequently with removable orthodontic devices.
When wearing traditional braces it is important to take care of them. Chewy foods like taffy, caramels and other soft candies or hard crunchy foods like nuts can damage traditional braces. Some vegetables and fruits will need to be cut into smaller pieces in order to prevent them from getting stuck in the braces. Foods to avoid or be careful of will be discussed with your orthodontist.
Proper brushing and flossing are also very important, even more so when wearing braces. Not only will good oral hygiene keep the braces looking nice, it will also prevent staining and dental decay from developing around the bracket areas. There are special brushes designed to use with braces. There may be some practice involved in learning to use these brushes effectively but it is well worth the effort.
Contact our office today to schedule a consultation for traditional braces.