About Traditional Metal Braces
Thanks to cutting-edge technology and advances in orthodontics, traditional metal braces are a comfortable and affordable teeth-straightening treatment. MINT dentistry in Houston, TX performs several orthodontic options to help you get a beautiful smile. Metal braces give you customization options that are not available with other treatments. Some patients choose metal braces since it gives them a chance to share their personality with colors of elastics. This fun feature is popular for teens who can wear seasonal colors or show their support for their favorite sports team. For more information about orthodontic treatments with metal braces, make a consultation to speak to one of our board-certified dental professional.
For an orthodontic treatment, traditional metal braces are a good option for patients of all ages. We use braces made with strong, stainless steel arch wires attached to brackets, which are carefully set to move your teeth gently into the desired position. Metal braces are a great treatment for patients with dental malocclusion, teeth that are crowded or have gaps or an over or underbite. MINT dentistry also uses high-quality elastic bands that are simple to put on and won't snap easily. At your initial consultation, your team will explain your options then help you pick the method that matches your needs and goals.
What to Expect
After your initial exam, a orthodontic plan for treatment will be created to match your goals. To begin your appointment, we'll ask you to sit in 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 enamel will be cleaned and dried for the braces. Once we're finished applying the bonding agent, the brackets will placed on each tooth. As soon as the brackets are set in place, we can put the arch wire through the brackets. You will be asked to select your color or colors for your elastic bands. These small bands make sure the wire stays attached to the brackets. Generally, the process takes a short time and patients usually feel minimal discomfort. You will need to visit our office every 4 – 6 weeks for adjustments and progress exams.
The wires and metal brackets of braces can make cleaning your teeth a littler harder. However, good oral hygiene is important to your overall health. Before you leave, we will demonstrate how to clean your teeth and share our tips. MINT dentistry encourages you to floss and brush at least twice a day. Attending all your orthodontic appointments plus professional cleanings can help to give you better results. Usually, patients need to wear braces for 12 – 24 months, but the length of your treatment will depend on how much your teeth need to move. Once your teeth are aligned, your team will take your braces off and switch you to a retainer. We will help you pick the correct type of retainer for your lifestyle.
The MINT Commitment
While there are many advantages to newer orthodontic treatments, metal braces are generally more affordable. At your initial consultation, your dentist will discuss your options and estimates to help you select which matches your budget. If you are using insurance, our front office will speak to your insurance to confirm your benefits and then calculate your our-of-pocket costs. For patients without dental insurance, we take several payment methods and a member of our staff can tell you how to apply for medical financing.
Over the past few years, we have seen several innovations in dental treatments like orthodontics for both children and adults. However, traditional metal braces remain a highly effective orthodontic treatment at MINT dentistry. Speak to our practice in Houston, TX to schedule an initial consultation with one of our board-certified doctors for more information about traditional metal braces and other orthodontic options.