Metal Braces 101

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Still the most common type of braces are traditional metal braces.  The metal braces (also known as brackets) are attached to patients’ teeth and held together with an archwire that connects all the brackets together.  The brackets and the archwires are held together by elastic ligatures.  These are the colors that you see on braces.   You can choose whatever colors you want, which makes it fun for holidays or special events.

Braces can correct a wide variety of problems, some of which might even be causing speech impediments. Other problems may include crossbites, underbites, overbites, gaps, overcrowding, and more.

Things To Know From Weber Orthodontics

Keep in mind when reading this, that each patient is different and so even though something is listed below, you personally may never experience it throughout your entire treatment of braces.

  • Once you have braces, you will have to come to the office every 6-8 weeks for your adjustment appointments.  At these appointments your braces are adjusted and you get to change the colors on your braces.
  • While your braces are on, you will be advised against eating certain foods as they can get caught in your braces or cause one of the brackets to come off.
  • Brackets may irritate your gums when they are first put on. Your orthodontist in Kansas City, MO, will provide you with orthodontic wax to help this problem.
  • Brush, brush, brush your teeth.

One of the most important things to remember is to brush your teeth often when having braces. There are so many more crevices for food and bacteria to hide.

At Weber Orthodontics, we always provide a friendly, consultative approach to you or your child’s potential treatment. We say potential because you or your child may not even require braces! Let us help you determine that in our office with Dr. Weber.

Do you want to know more?

Weber Orthodontics strives to provide a consultative approach for every patient. We want you to fully understand your treatment options before any work has begun, so you are confident in your choice in your treatment and your choice in our practice.

When you are ready to learn more about you or your child’s smile transformation, click here to request your free consultation. We can’t wait to meet you!

At Weber Orthodontics, we care about your kids’ health, and want their first dental experiences to be good ones. We offer traditional, clear, and Invisalign braces. Contact our office by phone (816) 746-1200 or complete our appointment request form to schedule an appointment.

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