Frigo Patient with metal braces

Metal Braces

At Frigo Orthodontics, our first commitment is to make our patients happy. We want you to have the beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of. We offer a variety of treatments that will provide long-lasting results. Metal braces are one of the most popular options for straightening teeth, and with good reason. Our expert orthodontists here in Mississippi will ensure that you get the best treatment available, from start to finish.

What are metal braces?

Metal braces were first invented by a French dentist in 1819. They have evolved greatly over the last two centuries with advancing technology, but there is a reason that metal braces have stuck around so long. They continue to be one of the most effective and affordable ways to fix teeth. Whether you have an overbite, underbite, crowding, gaps, or crooked teeth, these durable braces can help you achieve the best natural smile possible.

Generally, when opting for metal braces, your orthodontist will attach surgical-grade metal brackets to each of your teeth. Metal wire will then be run through each bracket, with small rubber bands wrapped around the brackets. Occasionally, additional rubber bands will be used to address bite issues and gently shift jaw placement. Over the course of treatment, the wires and rubber bands will be replaced and adjusted, guiding your teeth into the optimal position.

Types of metal braces

While there are a plethora of ways to straighten your teeth, different types of metal braces are generally limited to traditional stainless steel, self-ligating, and lingual. Self-ligating braces have a spring-loaded door that allows easier replacement of wires and may cut down on your appointment times. Self-litigating brackets, such as Damon braces, don’t require the use of rubber bands. Lingual braces are placed on the inside of the teeth, facing toward the tongue. To learn more about lingual braces, please check out this page for more information.

Benefits of metal braces

There are so many different ways to achieve a beautiful, natural smile in today’s orthodontic world. Metal braces continue to be one of the most popular choices when people choose how to align their teeth. No matter your age (one of four orthodontic patients is an adult), there are several advantages:.

  1. Durability: Unlike their ceramic or plastic counterparts, metal brackets rarely break. There’s no risk of losing them like some patients will with aligners. In order to make the most of your treatment, we recommend following a braces friendly diet.
  2. Easily manageable: In comparison to other orthodontic options, metal brackets are relatively low maintenance. They are affixed to your teeth throughout the duration of your treatment, so there’s no risk of forgetting to wear them or misplacing them. Because of this, they are a great option for those who tend to get distracted or are forgetful.
  3. Adaptability: There are some cases too complex for other orthodontic treatments, such as aligners. No matter what your path toward a straight, beautiful smile looks like, metal braces can work for you. Even if you have a combination of misalignment, overcrowding, and an offset bite, metal braces are the best option for more complex cases.
  4. Effectiveness: In part because of the durability, manageability, and adaptability of metal braces, they have proven to be one of the most effective orthodontic treatments for adults and teens alike. As long as you practice good oral hygiene, you have an excellent probability of achieving your custom smile.
  5. Affordability: Traditional braces have come a long way! They provide so many benefits and still remain one of the most cost-effective ways to achieve life changing, beautiful smiles.

Are Braces Affordable?

Metal braces are hands-down one of the most affordable options when it comes to orthodontic care. When choosing which treatment is right for you, you are probably thinking, “This sounds great, but how much do metal braces cost, really?”

Because everyone’s teeth, jaw alignment, and bite are different, the answer is variable. The total cost will depend on the severity of your case, the length of your treatment, and if you need any special procedures.

If you’re considering getting braces or another orthodontic treatment, let us know! We’ll help you decide what treatment would be best for you or your child.