About Traditional Metal Braces
With state-of-the-art technology and advances in orthodontics, traditional metal braces are a comfortable and affordable teeth-straightening treatment. MINT dentistry in Houston, TX offers a wide variety of orthodontic treatments to help you obtain a beautiful smile. Metal braces offer unique customizations that aren't always possible with other treatments. Many of our patients choose metal braces because it allows them to show off their personality by choosing colored elastic bands. This fun feature is popular for teens who can wear seasonal colors or show their support for their favorite sports team. To learn more about orthodontic treatments with metal braces, schedule a consultation with an experienced dental professional at our office in Houston, TX.
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For an orthodontic treatment, traditional metal braces are a great choice for both adults and children. We use braces made of high-grade, stainless steel arch wires attached to brackets that are strategically placed to gently move your teeth into optimal position. They are an ideal choice for patients with dental malocclusion, teeth that are crowded or have gaps or under or overbites. We also use top-quality elastics that are simple to apply and don't break easily. During your consultation, we will discuss your options then help you pick the method that fits your lifestyle.
What to Expect
Based on your exam results, a orthodontic treatment plan will be developed to match your goals. On the day of your appointment, you will be asked to settle into one of our relaxing treatment chairs in a well-equipped procedure room. After slipping on a set of our Beats headphones and a pair of our MINT sunglasses, your teeth will be prepared and cleaned before we put on your braces. Once we have applied the bonding agent to your teeth, your brackets will be carefully placed. When the brackets are set in place, we will thread the arch wire through. You will be asked to select your elastic band color(s). The tiny bands make sure the wire stays attached to the brackets. Generally, the process takes a short time and patients often experience no pain. You will need to visit our office once a month for adjustments and progress checks.
The wires and metal brackets of braces can make cleaning your teeth more challenging. However, proper oral hygiene is essential to your orthodontic treatment. Before you leave our office, our team will demonstrate how to clean your teeth and provide you with helpful tips. MINT dentistry encourages you to brush and floss your teeth after every meal. Keeping all your adjustment appointments plus professional cleanings will also help to ensure optimal results. Usually, patients need to wear braces for 12 – 24 months, but your treatment time will depend on how much your teeth need to move. After your teeth are aligned, we will remove your braces and switch you to a retainer. We will help you pick the right retainer for your lifestyle.
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While there are many advantages to newer orthodontic treatments, metal braces are generally less expensive. During your initial consultation, we will discuss your options and estimates, so you can choose the method that fits your budget. If you have insurance, our front office will contact your provider to confirm 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 tell you how to apply for medical financing.
Over the past few years, there have been many innovations in dental treatments like orthodontics for both children and adults. Traditional metal braces remain a highly effective orthodontic treatment at MINT dentistry. Contact our office in Houston, TX to schedule an initial consultation with a member of our team and learn more about orthodontic treatments like braces for yourself or your child.