Metal Dental Braces
Traditional metal dental braces are typically used in cases with extreme overcrowding because they move teeth in small increments at a time and give your dentist or orthodontist more control.
Metal Braces in Rochester, NY
All kinds of braces are dental tools that help correct problems with your child’s teeth, like crowding, crooked teeth, or misalignment. Metal braces include brackets attached to the front of your teeth or bands that fit around each tooth with flexible wires or archwires that hold the bands together.
Some braces include rubber bands or metal ties that link the brackets to the wire. These bands create more pressure to help straighten and align your child’s teeth.
Sometimes, clear brackets and tooth-colored wires can help hide the hardware. Our doctors will help your child explore the options and discuss if braces fit their treatment scenario.
While orthodontics can solve many tooth alignment problems, successful treatment relies on good patient compliance. Wearing elastic bands consistently, keeping follow-up appointments for adjustments, and practicing outstanding home care can all help lead to a positive outcome. This commitment involves frequent preventive visits with your child’s hygienist. Our team specializes in helping our orthodontic patients through this process so they can enjoy a gorgeous, healthy smile.
Orthodontics with braces involves teeth straightening and jaw alignment, combining beauty and function. Identifying potential problems as a child may allow for easier treatment, but it’s never too late to discuss ways to enhance a smile.
Will my child need braces again when they're older? Will my insurance cover a second treatment?
This depends on each patient’s situation. Some children need braces again when they’re older to realign their teeth. However, sometimes expanding the palate is enough to reduce teeth crowding, and the teeth will remain straight.
Depending on your insurance coverage, there may be remaining benefits. Many plans offer a lifetime benefit. If you have questions about insurance, reach out to our office, and we will be happy to address your concerns.Financial & Payment Information
Will my child have braces the entire time or will there be a period where we wait for adult teeth to come in?
Every patient’s treatment plan is different. This will depend on a number of factors, including the age of the patient and their individual treatment plan. There can be a gap of time when the patient does not have braces or any appliances.
How to take care of braces?
There are a few things to keep in mind when maintaining metal dental braces.
- Avoid foods that aren’t braces-friendly, such as chewy foods or soft candies that get stuck in the braces and will be hard to clean out of the hardware. Depending on the food, your child may need to cut it into smaller pieces to keep it from getting stuck in their braces.
- Brush and floss regularly. This is always important but becomes more important with braces because there are more spaces, crevices, and surfaces for food to get stuck.
- Ensure your child keeps their regular appointments with their dentist to adjust, manage, and maintain their metal braces.
What are the different types of braces?
- Metal/traditional braces: Traditional braces are made of metal. They include brackets that are attached to the front of your child’s teeth or bands that fit around each tooth, as well as flexible wires or archwires that hold the brackets or bands together. Some braces also include rubber bands or metal ties that link the brackets to the wire. These bands create more pressure to help straighten and align your child’s teeth. Sometimes, your child’s orthodontist will have them wear a device called headgear at night. It provides added pressure to help straighten their teeth.
- Ceramic braces: The brackets in traditional braces are now also made in tooth-colored ceramic, so your child won’t notice them as much. They can also be made with stainless steel, clear materials, or gold.
- Lingual braces: The brackets on these braces are attached to the backs of your child’s teeth, facing their tongue. Lingual braces are harder to see.
How much do braces cost?
The cost for braces and aligners usually depends on the severity of the problem and the treatment options discussed between you and your dentist. On average, any of these solutions can range from $2,000 – $5,000 or more.
Costs are affected by individual insurance coverage, dental office payment options, etc. It’s a unique cost to you and your family, depending on the extent of your child’s dental needs.
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