What are Metal Braces?
Do you want to have perfect teeth that you’re proud to show off when you smile? Frederick Dental Clinic has the best orthodontic options available to achieve your goals. Traditional metal braces are the most suitable option in orthodontics, offering the best results. No matter the severity, our metal braces promise to perfect any issue, and give you that smile you always wanted.
Fixed braces are traditionally the most common type, composed of small metal attachments or brackets. The metal attachments are bonded at the front of the teeth and joined together with fine metal wires. They are the most sophisticated option for more severe cases of overcrowding or occlusion. At Frederick Dental Clinic, we also offer patients the option to choose new braces colours at each appointment!
What are Braces used to treat?
These traditional braces or teeth brackets are used to correct several different problems with a patient’s teeth; these problems include:
Do I need Braces or Orthodontic Treatment?
Do you have crowded teeth, gaps in your smile, or difficulty biting or chewing? You might benefit from braces or orthodontic treatment. Here are some signs that you might need braces or orthodontic treatment:
- Malocclusion, which is when the teeth are not aligned correctly;
- Crowding, which is when there is not enough space for all of the teeth; and
Spacing issues, which can be caused by missing teeth or large gaps between the teeth.
- In addition to these dental problems, braces can also correct certain speech impairments and help with chewing and digesting food.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no age limit when it comes to Orthodontics treatment. Whether you’re 7 or 70, if you have any of the above problems, you may be a candidate for braces or another form of treatment. If you’re experiencing any of the above problems, it’s important to talk to an orthodontist about treatment options. With so many options available, there’s sure to be a treatment plan that’s right for you. Don’t wait – schedule a consultation today!
Many people feel self-conscious about their teeth, especially if they’re not perfectly straight. The good news is that there are options for fixing crooked teeth. The first step is understanding the different types of crooked teeth and what causes them.
The severity of crooked teeth can vary from person to person. Some people have minor crowding, while others have teeth that are severely misaligned. Here are some of the most common types of crooked teeth:
This is when there isn’t enough space for all of the teeth in the mouth. As a result, the teeth become crowded and begin to overlap each other.
-Spacing: This is the opposite of crowding and occurs when there are gaps between the teeth. This can be caused by missing teeth or large areas between the teeth.
This is when the upper front teeth protrude past the lower front teeth. An overbite can be caused by genetics, bad habits like thumb sucking, or uneven jaw growth.
This is when the lower front teeth protrude past the upper front teeth. Just like an overbite, an underbite can be caused by genetics, bad habits, or uneven jaw growth.
This occurs when there’s a space between the biting surfaces of the front and back teeth when the mouth is closed. Thumb sucking is a common cause of an open bite in young children. In adults, it can be caused by misaligned jaws or tooth grinding (bruxism).
This occurs when the upper and lower jaws are misaligned so that some of the upper teeth bite inside of the lower teeth instead of outside. A crossbite can lead to gum disease and tooth loss if it’s not treated.
This occurs when the top front teeth bite too far down on the lower front teeth. A deep bite can damage your gums and increase your risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
Most patients’ concerns regarding their orthodontic treatment will relate to the length of time their treatment will take. The length of your orthodontic treatment comes down to three main factors:
01. Oral hygiene
As the health of your teeth certainly depends on your oral hygiene practices, the same goes for your braces and orthodontic treatment. The more diligent patients are with their daily brushing and flossing routine, the fewer delays they are likely to have throughout their orthodontic treatment. Poor dental and oral hygiene can dramatically slow down the rate your teeth will move from braces and orthodontic treatment. Following the hygiene instructions provided by your orthodontist will give each patient the best possible chance at a fast and positive outcome.
02. Dentist Instructions
Your dentist aims to ensure the best outcome from your orthodontic treatment, so patients should always listen and adhere to their instructions. If your dentist has specific instructions, such as avoiding particular foods during stages of your treatment, following these instructions will mean less treatment time in the long run.
Any damage to your orthodontics can cause significant setbacks in your overall treatment. Most dentists will advise avoiding crunchy or chewy foods where possible or wearing a mouthguard during contact sports to prevent damage throughout your treatment.
The process of receiving orthodontic treatment varies largely, patient by patient and available options.
Patients will first receive a thorough consultation with our dedicated orthodontic dentist, who will examine and x-ray their teeth. During the consultation phase, our team will be able to provide the patient with a timeline of the ideal treatment for them along with a step-by-step of the procedure and desired outcome.
- When receiving metal braces, the first step is the placement of your metal braces following the completion of consultation, x-rays, and impressions.
The placement of the braces is the most comprehensive process of receiving metal braces. First, our team will clean the teeth in preparation for the metal brackets to be attached to each tooth with bonding glue.
You will then attend follow-up appointments every 4-8 weeks; this allows your teeth to get used to the tightening and start to move. You may feel slight discomfort or aching whilst the teeth start moving, but this should subside.The archwires are what put pressure on your teeth and cause them to move into proper alignment. You’ll need to see the orthodontist periodically so that they can make adjustments to the wires and brackets as needed
When the teeth have moved to the desired location, you will be ready to have your braces off! This appointment is approximately 30-60minutes and involves removing the brackets, which is a simple process. Once the brackets are removed, a small amount of residue will be left behind; the orthodontist will remove this residue leaving a perfect shiny smile!
After your teeth have been properly aligned, the orthodontist will remove your braces and fit you for a retainer. Wearing a retainer is important because it helps keep your teeth in their new position while your gums and bones adjust. You’ll need to wear your retainer as directed by the orthodontist in order to avoid relapsing back into malocclusion.
The treatment duration following the consultation phase varies between clients and treatment options. Most patients wear their full metal braces for 18 and 24 months. However, patients will view significant changes and improvements just weeks into their treatment. For less severe cases, patients can achieve full results in as little as six months after the initial application of the braces.
The process of getting metal braces usually takes between one and two years from start to finish. However, every case is different, so be sure to talk to your orthodontist about what you can expect in terms of timeline and cost. With proper care, metal braces can effectively straighten your teeth and give you the smile you’ve always wanted!
At Frederick Dental Clinic, Dublin 1, our dedicated orthodontic team are fully committed to providing all patients with the smile they deserve. We promise every patient they will leave our clinic feeling fully satisfied with the outcome of our treatment plan. Call today to book a consultation with our specialised team to learn more about our leading orthodontic treatment options and metal braces.
I had been to quite a few Dentists in Dublin for a Consultation for Invisible Braces, I was offered the invsalign by most which was quite expensive. But when I went to see Peter and Sandra they offered Simpli 5 instead which was nearly half the price and I was a suitable candidate because it was only a minor correction. 15 weeks on I have finished my treatment and I couldnt be happier with the results. Sandra and Peter are such a lovely people to deal with. Sandra would ring me after every appointment to see how I was getting on. Peter was so professional and really cares about his work. I was so happy with the service I referred them to my mam and my sister is now attending for Braces. I have also told people in work how good they are. I will continue to attend here for check ups and would recommend to everyone. Thanks Peter and Sandra
September 29, 2013
Advantages of Metal Braces
There are many advantages of metal braces over other treatments
We offer a FREE Orthodontic Consultations
Alternative Treatment Options
Book a consultation today with one of our team, who will be happy to discuss these options with you in-depth, and assess your suitability for orthodontics. Further information on each of these options are available on our website.
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How much do Metal Braces Cost?
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Payment Plans Available
Teen Metal Braces €3000-€4000
depending on severity Mild: €3000 Moderate: €3500 Severe: €4000
Adult Metal Braces €3500 - €4500
depending on severity Mild: €3500 Moderate: €4000 Severe: €4500
Teen (Clear) Orthodontics €3500
White / Ceramic Braces
Adult (Clear) Orthodontics €4000-€5000
White / Ceramic Braces Mild: €4000 Moderate: €4500 Severe: €5000
Clear Aligners €2,600
Clear Aligners €3,800