Having a straight, aligned smile is important for appearance and health. When teeth or the bite is misaligned, it is more than just an aesthetic issue. When teeth are crooked or gapped, they can be difficult to keep clean. Decay and gum disease can follow, leading to tooth loss and other health issues. Poor bite alignment can also affect your health. One of the best orthodontic treatments to fix these types of problems is with metal braces, adjusting your teeth and bite for a healthy, beautiful smile.
Metal braces use brackets that are attached to the front of the teeth with an archwire that connects the brackets together. Rubber bands attach the archwire to the brackets. The archwire adds pressure to the brackets, helping shift your teeth into the predesignated position. For most teens that need braces, the treatment takes about 18 months to achieve results, sometimes longer for more severe malocclusions.
While there are other orthodontic options available, like Invisalign, there are benefits to metal braces. Some types of bite alignment issues and severe malocclusions are best corrected using traditional braces. While metal braces have been used for over a century, the modern versions are much smaller and more comfortable. One of the main benefits of metal braces is they are usually the most cost-effective option to achieve a healthy, straight smile. They are also more likely to be covered under dental insurance, making them affordable for families.
At Nautical Dental, we want to help all our patients have the healthiest smiles possible. Orthodontics can make a big difference in the health and beauty of your smile. We offer both traditional metal braces and Invisalign orthodontics to give our patients access to the best care available for any budget. We accept most dental insurance plans; plus, we offer financing to help make paying for your family’s orthodontic needs affordable. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a consultation.