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Traditional Orthodontic Braces (Metal Braces) – Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington, TX

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Overview

Thanks to modern technology and several orthodontic improvements, conventional metal braces are more affordable and comfortable than ever. Ah! Dentistry provides a selection of orthodontic treatments to accommodate the different wants and needs of our DFW area patients. Traditional braces provide fun customizations that are not possible with clear, removable aligners, such as ClearCorrect and Invisalign. A number of our patients choose metal braces as it helps them to display their personality by selecting colored bands. This is particularly an enjoyable feature for younger patients and teenagers who are going to their school's sports/games as they can show their spirit. To find out more about conventional metal braces, schedule an appointment at one of our innovative facilities.

Best Candidates

Classic metal braces are a good option for both children and adults. Our traditional braces are crafted from top-grade stainless steel archwires and mounts that are strategically positioned to give you the beautiful smile you want. They are a perfect option for patients who have jaw alignment problems, gapped or crowded teeth, over- or under-bites, and protruding teeth. In addition, we use high-quality elastic bands that don't readily snap and are easy to put on. During your appointment, we will discuss your orthodontic treatment choices and help you pick the method that suits your goals.

What to Expect

Following your initial consultation, an individualized treatment program will be created for your particular case. When you return to get your braces, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and prepped before applying your metal brackets. After we have brushed the bonding agent on your teeth, your metal braces will be put on. Once all the mounts are done, we will thread the wire through them. Then, you will have the ability to select your preferred band color(s). The very small elastics keep the wires connected to the braces. The application procedure generally moves quite fast and patients feel little to no discomfort. You should expect to come back to Ah! Dentistry around once a month to get adjustments and progress checks.

Follow-Up

Traditional braces may make flossing and cleaning your teeth harder. That is why good oral hygiene is critical to your orthodontic therapy. After your braces are put on, a member of our team will instruct you about how to clean your teeth and give you helpful hints. As a rule of thumb, we suggest that you floss and brush your teeth after each meal. Maintaining all of your appointments and bi-annual dental cleanings may also help give you optimal outcomes. Normally, most patients use braces for 1 – 2 years; however, your treatment period will be based on the seriousness of your situation.

Once your treatment is finished, we'll take the braces off and fit your teeth for a retainer. Your retainer can keep your teeth in their location. We can help you choose the perfect retainer to fit your needs.

Emergencies

When you have an issue with your braces, do not panic. You might have the ability to address many issues temporarily on your own till you make an appointment at our office. These issues don't have to create a delay in your therapy. If you think you cannot fix your orthodontic issue, please contact us.
Loose Band or Bracket
In the event the bracket or band remains connected to the wire, then leave it where it is. If it's causing discomfort, put sugarless gum or orthodontic wax on it. Occasionally, you're able to take off the elastic using tweezers so you can detach the mount from the archwire.
Loose Wire
Attempt to push the cord into position with tweezers. If that's not working, clip the archwire with fingernail clippers or little cable cutters beyond the tooth that it's firmly attached to. If it's causing pain, set sugarless gum or orthodontic wax on it.
Poking Wire
Put sugarless gum or orthodontic wax on the archwire.
Soreness
You may have some discomfort for many days following every office visit. Chew carefully on sugarless gum following appointments to reduce discomfort. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water or take a nonprescription pain medication as necessary.
Loose Appliance
In the event the appliance is poking or sticking you, then set sugarless gum or orthodontic wax over it to keep it in place.

Insurance Coverage

When compared to other treatments, conventional metal braces are generally less costly. At your consultation, we will discuss your treatment choices and cost quotes so that you may pick the method that best meets your goals and budget. If you are using insurance, we will talk to your provider to confirm your policy and calculate your out-of-pocket expenses. If you do not have insurance, then Ah! Dentistry takes several payment methods and we will be able to help you to find medical financing.

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Traditional Metal Braces

In the past few years, there have been several improvements in orthodontic and dental care for individuals of all ages. Nevertheless, metal braces are still among the most effective methods at Ah! Dentistry. Get in touch with one of our offices in the DFW area to schedule an appointment and find out more about conventional metal braces and other orthodontic treatments.

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