Metal braces are the most common form of orthodontics. Small metal brackets are bonded to your tooth with a wire passing through, connecting them. This wire is tightly held to the brackets with small rubber bands. These bands are offered in a range of colours to suit you or can be metal coloured, which is the most discreet. Metal braces are the strongest from of braces and can withstand most types of treatment. As the most popular form of orthodontics they are also the most inexpensive.
Caring for your braces:
To ensure that your braces have the maximum impact and achieve your goal of a straight, bright smile ensure to follow the guidelines and instructions that your orthodontist gives you. Regular brushing, flossing and avoiding hard, sticky or chewy foods all help to keep oral hygiene at its best and your braces healthy. However, it is also important to thoroughly clean your braces after every meal, paying particular attention to the gum line. Regular use of fluoride rinse ensures they remain sterile and clean. To ensure your braces retain their colour and appearance it is important to avoid soft drink, sports drinks and strong coloured food as they can cause discolouration. Finally, if you follow these instructions, faithfully wear your elastics and attend your regular appointment you treatment should finish on time with excellent results.
How they feel:
Following the braces initial placement patients may experience short term pressure and some possible tenderness in the teeth. A non-prescription pain medication can be taken to control this initial discomfort. Eating softer foods and cutting food into smaller pieces is recommended for the first week as you mouth adjusts. The braces may initially cause some irritation to the inside of your cheeks or lips which can be treated through an application of the orthodontic wax on the braces causing the discomfort. A topical anaesthetic cream an also be applied to any irritate areas. Mountains Orthdontics also recommends rinsing with warm salt water, as this is very soothing, and cleansing for your mouth.