Everything you want to know about Traditional Braces
The oldest and most well-proven system for aligning teeth and correcting bite problems is traditional metal braces. But just because they’ve been around forever, doesn’t mean the technology is old. These days there is a huge variety of options either to conceal your braces or to celebrate them.
Explore the questions below for everything you need to know.
These are still the most commonly used brace and are much smaller and flatter than years ago making them less obvious and more comfortable. Braces can be thought of as the handle on your teeth but it is the wire that does the work.
Your Clear Choice Orthodontist will change or adjust your wires to move your teeth into the correct positions to achieve your beautiful new smile.
What are my options?
So, want to stand out from the crowd?
Then coloured braces are for you! You can choose from a wide range of colours for your braces to match your sports team or express yourself and match your outfit. Subtle or stand out, the choice is yours and you can choose a new colour scheme every time you come in to have your braces adjusted.
Looking for something more discreet?
Clear braces are much like traditional fixed metal braces only the brackets are made from ceramic or plastic and are tooth-coloured, so they blend in with your own teeth making them much less visible. Modern clear braces are small, strong, and are a popular option amongst some adults and teens seeking something less obvious.
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Everything you want to know about Traditional Braces
How much are traditional braces?
Thanks to the well-proven process and easy access to your teeth both at time of fitting and regular adjustments, traditional braces are probably the most cost-effective option. Everyone’s treatment plan is different, but an average cost for braces on both the top and bottom arch is $ 6500 over 12-24 months.
We offer a number of payment plans that break down the cost into a very manageable series of monthly instalments so that you’re not left with a credit card debt at the end, just a beautiful, natural smile.
How long will traditional metal braces take?
When we’re working with your teeth we have to allow time for them to move in your gums. Depending on the degree of complexity in rotating, tipping and other movements of your teeth you should anticipate your braces to be on for at least 12 months and up to 24. Some complex cases last up to 36 months.
What do traditional braces feel like?
At first, they will feel strange. Your teeth will be tender for a few days after fitting and again at each subsequent adjustment, but a mild analgesic will minimise the discomfort. The brackets will feel foreign for a couple of days too, but you will quickly become used to them. It’s likely that you will run your tongue over the new items in your mouth quite a bit at first but that’s not a problem and you will soon stop.
We will give you some wax that you can use to minimise the rubbing of your lips and cheek against one or more brackets on your teeth. Again, this will be a short-lived experience and as your mouth toughens up a little you won’t feel the irritation anymore.
Do traditional metal braces hurt?
Your mouth will be quite sensitive at first because the archwires of your braces place a degree of force on your teeth in order to effect a change and get them to move. Some paracetamol or ibuprofen will relieve the discomfort and within a couple of days you will feel normal again.
The sensation will return at each appointment but disappear just as quickly.
How do I eat with traditional braces?
For the first couple of days after fitting or your regular adjustment you will want to eat only soft foods like soup, jelly and ice-cream. After that you can eat practically what you like. The only rules are that you avoid extra hard foods like nuts, popcorn (the unpopped kernels) and hard biscuits, and sticky foods like caramel, chewy lollies and so on. This is because they can cause a bracket to dislodge and if a bracket isn’t bonded with your tooth, your braces aren’t doing anything to move it, so your treatment may take longer.
Do metal braces change the way you speak?
No, your braces won’t change the way you speak for anything more than a day or two after fitting. Initially your tongue will be uncomfortable as it touches your teeth when you form words, but as soon as your mouth adjusts you will go back to speaking as clearly as ever.
What’s the process for fitting traditional braces?
When you first visit us we will examine your teeth and talk to you about your concerns. We will take some photos, and perhaps even a dental mould so that we can get a good handle on what actions to take to enhance your smile or correct a bite problem. We’ll make recommendations on what your options are and if you choose traditional braces we’ll talk you through the process in detail. On the day of your fitting we may place 4 bands around your back teeth. These act as anchor points for your archwires – the thin metal wire that does most of the work.
We’ll glue brackets to your other teeth and we’ll connect them to your archwires. We will adjust the archwires to commence rotating or moving your teeth into a better position and then you’ll be on your way to a great new smile.
View our gallery of traditional metal braces before-and-afters to see the difference that traditional braces can make.