Metal braces are a traditional orthodontic method to help you improve the defects of your teeth such as crooked teeth, underbite, overbite teeth, etc. With lower cost than other types of braces, a simple treatment process; therefore, orthodontic method with metal braces is the choice of both adults and children.
How does metal braces work?
Braces work by putting pressure on your teeth over a period of time to slowly move them in a specific direction. The bone under them changes shape, too.
There are two types of mental braces: Traditional braces and Self-ligating braces
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Difference between traditional braces and self-ligating braces
|Traditional Braces||Self-ligating Braces|
|Traditional braces use brackets made of stainless steel and banded to the teeth||The self ligating system consist of metal brackets bonded on the surface of the teeth|
|Traditional braces require a ligature tie to secure the wire in place in the slot of the bracket||Self-ligating braces consist of brackets which have a flap of metal. It is opened when the archwire is to be placed. Closing the flap secures the archwire in the bracket.|
|The elastic ligature tie used is made up of rubber material, which may deteriorate over time and loosen up||Unlike ligature elastic ties, deterioration is not seen with self-ligating brackets|
|The ligature ties are changed in every appointment||Once the self ligating brackets are placed , they serve until the entire treatment is completed|
|Amount of force may change as the grip of the ligature wire loosen up till the next appointment||Consistent magnitude of force is applied to the teeth resulting in faster and precise tooth movement|
|Traditional braces are more economical||Self-ligating braces are comparatively expensive|
Braces and age
The mechanical process used to move teeth with braces is the same at any age. That means braces can help both children and adults.
For children aged from 12 years old who have primary teeth are completely replaced by permanent teeth, the treatment time will be shorter than adults. Since their jawbone is soft, which allows the teeth to move more quickly. The process of treatment must be carried out by highly skilled and qualified orthodontists to plan and arrange teeth effectively.
Currently, orthodontics with metal braces is a solution with many outstanding advantages that not all orthodontic methods can do. So, if you have some problem with your smile , why not choose this method as a solution to help you solve those problems for a more confident smile.