Metal Braces

Orthostyle knows that sometimes what you need is a treatment that’s effective, reliable, and time-tested. While the world of orthodontics now offers a variety of orthodontic treatment options, metal braces often remain the correct answer.

Get Metal Braces With The Orthostyle Team

First invented in 1819, traditional metal braces have been a standard of orthodontic care for over 200 years. Ongoing innovation has led to notable advances in their design and function, leading them to retain their position as a trusted method of correcting orthodontic concerns.

This orthodontic appliance is secured to the teeth with small brackets holding thin wires known as archwires. As we adjust the wires shapes and size, the teeth move to a more straight position. The pressure applied by the archwire, combined with small elastic bands, adjusts the position of your teeth gradually. The time required for an adjustment varies from patient to patient, but 18-24 months is the general average.

Metal braces are composed of three essential components:

Brackets – The brackets are formed out of high-quality stainless steel, providing the durability required to survive any length of treatment.

Archwires – Archwires are made out of a special material that is heat responsive. At various stages warmth of your oral cavity activates the metal used in its manufacture, causing it to change shape. This change causes the archwires to provide the necessary pressure to complete the orthodontic adjustment.

Elastics – These bands are essential during the phase of orthodontic treatment where your bite is being corrected.

When you’ve reached the decision to receive metal braces, Dr. Mina Katchooi will prepare you for your orthodontic treatment. The process for applying orthodontic braces is fairly straightforward. 

A typical example of preparing for orthodontic care includes the following steps:

Treatment Design – During this stage, we discuss specifics of your orthodontic treatment. This usually starts with pictures, x-rays and digital impressions being taken of your teeth using our digital imaging system. Dr. Mina Katchooi will discuss treatment options, risks and benefits of various options with you after thoroughly examining your initial diagnostic records.

Bracket Placement – Your teeth will be professionally cleaned and conditioned to provide the best surface for securing the brackets. The brackets will be secured using dental cement to fix them in the necessary positions for treatment. Dr. Mina Katchooi spends a lot of time and attention on this critical stage of your treatment.

Wire Placement and adjustments – Now that the brackets have been placed, the archwire will be inserted and cut to length, and shaped as appropriate for your care. Dr. Mina makes necessary adjustments to the archwires as you move forward in treatment. Completion of your orthodontic treatment will require follow-up appointments. These appointments will assess the progress being made and determine if any adjustments are required.

Achieve A Beautiful Smile With The Orthostyle Team

Orthostyle is dedicated to ensuring our patients achieve the smile they’ve always dreamed of. As part of receiving your braces, you’ll be instructed on how to properly care for them. This will include a list of dietary restrictions and hygiene steps specific to living with braces. If you’re prepared to start your orthodontic journey, reach out to our office to schedule your consultation with Dr. Katchooi today!

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