Metal braces are proven to realign the teeth and straighten your smile for batter jaw function and improved overall oral health. If you are anxious about getting traditional metal braces, you should know that braces are now lighter and more comfortable than ever before. Made Ya Smile is a full-service dental facility for patients of every age. Our general dentists are highly trained in orthodontic treatments and can use braces until your teeth come into their proper positioning. Braces are also convenient for patients who want a more affordable dental option or are not candidates for clear aligners.
At Made Ya Smile, we customize your orthodontic treatment to meet your unique needs and dental goals. Our dentists also offer elastic bands in a range of color options to match a special event or show off your personality. If you or a member of your family needs metal braces, schedule a visit at our clinic to see how we can help you.
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Metal braces use a system of brackets and wires with elastic bands that guide your teeth into their proper places for better alignment. Our skilled dentists will be able to plan your treatment to deliver the results you want, including having a better bite and improved smile. With this treatment, our clinic uses stainless steel archwires, brackets, and bands to position the appliance on your teeth. Traditional braces are an excellent option for patients who simply want to straighten their teeth.
Adults, teenagers, and older children with permanent teeth can benefit from metal braces if they have concerns about:
- Teeth that are crooked or overcrowded
- Rotated, turned, or tipped teeth
- Gaps in your smile
- Teeth that protrude
- An open bite, overbite, underbite, or crossbite
What to Expect
While it may seem complicated, placing metal braces is a simple process. We begin by taking impressions of your teeth and using advanced 3D cone beam scans and state-of-the-art digital x-rays of your jawbone and teeth so we can accurately plan your custom treatment. A practitioner then cleans the surface of your teeth to prepare the procedure. We then use a transparent or tooth-colored bonding material to adhere to every tooth, which will hold the brackets firmly in place. A metal wire is threaded through each bracket and attached with elastic bands. Before we place them, you can choose any color option for the bands. After this procedure has been completed, we will schedule a follow-up appointment at our Cypress, TX clinic. Once a month, our dentists will evaluate your tooth alignment as well as your archwires.
After the initial placement of the braces and every time we change the wire, it's expected for some patients to experience a sore feeling in their mouth. Made Ya Smile typically suggests you eat soft foods during this time as well as take over-the-counter pain medications. The wires and brackets tend to create space for food particles and bacteria, so practice active oral care, including brushing your teeth every day after every meal. Our team can teach you how to brush using special tools around the metal wires. Stay up-to-date with your bi-annual cleanings so we can actively maintain your smile.
Treatment time does vary among patients depending on their unique situation but can last from 1 – 3 years. After a consultation and evaluation, we will offer an estimated amount of time for how long you will need to wear them. After the orthodontic treatment, our staff will remove the dental appliance and take impressions of your teeth to make your retainer, which should be worn as suggested to keep your new smile firmly in place.
It's common for wires, brackets, or elastic ties to become loose when wearing traditional wire braces. To reduce the chances of this happening, our practitioners strongly recommend patients avoid chewing or biting hard or sticky foods. If you ever experience an issue with your metal braces or have an orthodontic emergency, it's important to contact us right away. There are several methods of taking care of your issue before your in-office appointment in Cypress, TX:
Discomfort or soreness in the jaw, teeth, or gums: Patients may have some soreness after the braces have been placed as well as when we change the archwires. Discomfort can be managed easily with warm salt water rinses for the gums and over-the-counter medication for the teeth and jaw.
A wire that is loose: You may be able to push the loose wire into place using a simple pencil eraser, Q-tip, or pair of tweezers. Small wire cutters or fingernail clippers cleaned with rubbing alcohol can clip the wire behind the tooth. Patients can cover a portion of the wire with sugarless gum or orthodontic wax.
A band or bracket has become loose: If either is still attached to the wire, try to leave it until you can get an appointment at our office. Sharp, irritating areas can be covered with sugarless gum or orthodontic wax.
An appliance has become loose: Appliances that become loose should be reattached as soon as you can. Until you can schedule a visit to our clinic, stabilize the appliance with orthodontic wax.
A sharp wire that is poking your mouth: Wires that poke your lips, cheeks, gums, or tongue can be covered with sugarless gum or orthodontic wax. Patients may use fingernail clippers or simple wire cutters disinfected with rubbing alcohol to cut the wire.
There are some dental health insurance companies that may cover at least a portion of the cost of your orthodontic treatment. During your initial consultation at Made Ya Smile, our assistants and friendly office staff will go over the coverage you have as well as the out-of-pocket costs. We gladly work with most PPO plans and will file your claims on your behalf. To make your family's treatment more affordable, we accept many payment options and can give you information about low-interest third-party financing in Cypress, TX.
Traditional Metal Braces
Metal braces help patients achieve a healthier, straighter smile in a more traditional manner. The experienced team at Made Ya Smile uses metal braces that feel lighter and more comfortable while helping individuals experience exceptional results. To begin orthodontic treatment for yourself or your family, take a moment to schedule a consultation with one of our Cypress, TX practitioners today. We are a premier location for general and specialized dental care.