Metal braces have a long history of efficacy and remain the most flexible orthodontic treatment in use today. Useful for patients of all ages and virtually all common bite irregularities, metal braces consist of metal brackets that are bonded to the teeth and threaded with arch wires. As our orthodontist repeatedly tightens these wires at appointments during treatment, the teeth are gradually repositioned through the increasing force placed on them. A variety of options may be available from our East Los Angeles metal braces expert for patients who want to personalize the look of their metal braces.
Our orthodontist begins metal braces treatment by taking photos, X-rays, and dental impressions of the teeth for use in making a corrective plan. During placement, our dentist uses bonding cement to attach the brackets to the fronts of the teeth. Wires are placed along the brackets and held in place with small rubber bands, which are available in different colors and can provide opportunities for self-expression by patients. Different colors of wires, such as gold, may also be available. After treatment is complete, patients receive retainers from our expert in metal braces in East Los Angeles to wear temporarily in order to preserve their results.
Metal Braces East Los Angeles
Compared to other types of braces, braces made of metal are sturdier and capable of treating a wider range of patients and bite irregularities. Like other orthodontics, this treatment from our East Los Angeles metal braces expert offers not only better-looking smiles but also improved health and comfort. Tooth decay, gum disease, and systemic infections are all less likely to occur when the teeth are straight. Patients with correctly positioned teeth are also more resistant to TMJ disorders.
Treatment by our expert in metal braces in East Los Angeles may take anywhere from one to two years for most patients depending on the extent of correction necessary. Daily brushing and flossing and avoidance of foods that are excessively cold or hard are important while metal braces are in place. To learn more about metal braces and candidacy criteria, patients can schedule a consultation with our dentist in East Los Angeles.