About Traditional Metal Braces
With cutting-edge technology and countless advances in the orthodontic industry, traditional metal braces are comfortable and affordable teeth-straightening treatment. MINT dentistry in Lake Worth, TX offers a wide variety of orthodontic treatments to help you get a healthy, beautiful smile. Traditional braces offer customization options that are not always possible with other orthodontic treatments. Many of our patients prefer metal braces because it allows them to show off their personality by choosing different colors of elastics. This fun feature is popular for younger patients who can wear seasonal colors or show their support for their favorite sports team. To learn more about braces and other orthodontic treatments, schedule a consultation with our skilled MINT dentistry team.
For orthodontic treatment, traditional metal braces are a great choice for both adults and children. Our conventional braces are made of strong, stainless steel archwires held in place with brackets, which are carefully placed to gently move your teeth into the desired position. They are an ideal treatment for patients with a misaligned jaw, teeth that are crowded or have gaps or under or overbites. We also use high-quality elastic bands that are simple to apply and won't break easily. During your consultation, your team will discuss your options and help you choose the method that matches your goals and lifestyle.
What to Expect
After your initial exam, an orthodontic plan for treatment will be created to fit your specific needs and goals. To begin your appointment, you will be asked to settle into one of our massaging treatment chairs in a comfortable procedure room. After putting on a pair of stylish MINT sunglasses and a set of Beats headphones, your teeth will be cleaned and dried before we put on your braces. Once we have applied the bonding agent to your teeth, your metal brackets will be carefully placed. As soon as the brackets are set, we can thread the archwire through. You can then pick your desired color or colors for your elastic bands. The bands keep the archwire attached to the brackets. Generally, the process is quick and patients often feel minimal discomfort. You will need to return to our office every 4 – 6 weeks for progress exams and adjustments.
The wires and metal brackets of braces can make cleaning and flossing your teeth more challenging. However, good oral hygiene is important to your overall health. Before you leave with your new braces, our team will teach you how to clean your teeth and provide you with helpful tips. As a general rule, we recommend that you floss and brush at least twice a day. Keeping all your orthodontic treatment appointments, as well as professional cleanings will help to ensure better results. Usually, patients need to wear braces for 12 – 24 months, but your treatment time will depend on the severity of your case. After your teeth are in the correct position, we will take your braces off and move you into a retainer. A MINT dentistry professional will help you pick the right retainer for your new smile.
The MINT Commitment
If you are concerned about fitting an orthodontic treatment into your budget, traditional metal braces are usually less expensive. At your initial consultation, your dentist will discuss your options and cost estimates to help you select the method that matches your needs, goals, and budget. If you are using dental insurance, our skilled support staff will speak to your insurance to understand your coverage and determine your personal costs. If you don't have insurance, we take many payment methods and a member of our staff can help you find medical financing.
In recent years, we have seen several breakthroughs in orthodontic treatments for adults, teens, and children. However, traditional metal braces are still a highly effective orthodontic treatment at MINT dentistry. Contact our office in Lake Worth, TX to schedule an initial consultation with a board-certified dentist for more information about traditional metal braces and other orthodontic options.