About Traditional Metal Braces
Thanks to cutting-edge technology and advances in orthodontic treatments, traditional metal braces are both affordable and comfortable. MINT dentistry in Richardson, TX performs several orthodontic options to help you get a healthy, beautiful smile. Traditional braces give you customization options that are not available with other treatments. Some patients enjoy metal braces since it gives them a chance to share their personality with colors of elastics. This feature is especially fun for younger patients who can go to sports games wearing the colors of their favorite team. For more information about braces and other orthodontic treatments, make a consultation to speak to one of our board-certified dental professional.
Metal braces are a good option for patients of all ages. MINT dentistry uses braces made with strong, stainless steel arch wires held in place with brackets, which are carefully set to move your teeth gently into the desired position. Metal braces are a great treatment for patients with a misaligned jaw, gapped or crowded teeth 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 so you can choose the method that matches your needs and goals.
What to Expect
After your initial exam, a custom plan for treatment will be created by your team to fit your needs and 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, we can put the arch wire through the brackets. You can then pick your color or colors for your elastic bands. These bands attach the wire to the brackets. In most cases, the process is quick and patients usually feel minimal discomfort. You will need to make appointments at our office every 4 – 6 weeks for adjustments and progress exams.
Wearing braces can make flossing and brushing your teeth a littler harder. However, good oral hygiene is important to your overall health. Before you leave wearing braces for the first time, we will teach you how to clean your teeth and share our tips. We strongly suggest that you floss and brush at least twice a day. Attending all your orthodontic appointments as well as twice-yearly cleanings can help to give you better results. Generally, patients have braces for one or two years, but the length of your treatment will depend on the starting alignment of your teeth. Once your teeth are in the correct position, your team will take your braces off and move you into a retainer. Your team will help you choose the correct type of retainer for your needs.
The MINT Commitment
If you are concerned about fitting an orthodontic treatment into your budget, traditional braces are usually more affordable. At your first appointment, your dentist will explain your options and costs to help you select which matches your goals and budget. If you are using insurance, our financial coordinator will speak to your insurance to clarify your benefits and then calculate your our-of-pocket costs. For patients without dental insurance, we accept several payment methods and our team can give your information on low-interest financing.
Recently, we have seen several breakthroughs in orthodontic treatments for adults, teens, and children. However, traditional metal braces are still a very popular and effective orthodontic treatment at MINT dentistry. Speak to our practice in Richardson, TX to schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified doctors for more information about traditional metal braces and other orthodontic options.