About Traditional Metal Braces
With state-of-the-art dental technology and countless advances in orthodontics, traditional metal braces are more comfortable and affordable than ever. MINT dentistry in Humble, TX offers several orthodontic treatments to help you obtain a healthy, beautiful smile. Traditional braces give you customization options that aren't always available with other treatments. Some of our patients prefer metal braces because it allows them to share their personality with colored elastic bands. This is an especially fun feature for teens who can wear seasonal colors or show their support for their favorite sports team. For more information about traditional metal braces, make a consultation with one of the skilled professionals at MINT dentistry.
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Metal braces are a good option for both adults and children. MINT dentistry uses braces made of strong, stainless steel archwires held in place with brackets, which are carefully set to move your teeth gently into optimal position. They are a great treatment for patients with dental malocclusion, teeth that are crowded or have gaps, or under or overbites. MINT dentistry also uses top-quality elastic bands that are simple to put on and don't snap easily. At your consultation, your team will discuss your options, then help you select the method that matches your needs.
What to Expect
Once we have completed your exam, a custom plan for treatment will be developed by a MINT dentistry professional to fit your needs. To begin your appointment, we'll ask you to sit in one of our massaging treatment chairs in a comfortable procedure room. After putting on a set of our Beats headphones and a pair of our MINT sunglasses, your enamel will be cleaned and dried before we put on your metal braces. Once we're finished applying the bonding agent to your teeth, your brackets will be carefully placed. When the brackets are all in place and set, we can put the archwire through the brackets. You will then be able to pick your desired elastic band color(s). The bands keep the archwire attached to the brackets. Typically, the application process takes a short time and patients often experience minimal discomfort. You will need to make appointments at our office once a month for progress exams and adjustments.
Wearing braces can make cleaning your teeth more challenging. However, good oral hygiene is essential to your overall health. Before you leave our office wearing braces for the first time, our team will teach you how to clean your teeth and share our tips. As a general rule, we recommend that you floss and brush after every meal. Attending all your check-up appointments and twice-yearly cleanings can also help to ensure better results. Generally, patients need to wear braces for 12 – 24 months, but your treatment time will depend on the severity of your case. After your teeth are aligned, we will remove your braces and switch you to a retainer. A MINT dentistry professional will help you pick the correct retainer for your needs.
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While there are many advantages to newer orthodontic treatments, metal braces are usually less expensive. During your initial consultation, your dentist will discuss your treatment options and cost estimates to help you select which matches your goals and budget. If you have dental insurance, our skilled support staff will speak to your provider to clarify your coverage and determine your personal costs. For patients without dental insurance, we take several payment methods and a member of our staff can give you information on low-interest medical financing.
In recent years, we have seen several advances in orthodontic treatments for adults, teens, and children. Traditional metal braces are still a very popular and effective orthodontic treatment at MINT dentistry. Contact our practice in Humble, TX to schedule an initial consultation with a MINT dental professional for more information about traditional metal braces and other orthodontic options.