Traditional Metal Braces
Protected and prevented.
Prevention against infections and tooth extractions.
Bye bye, periodontitis.
Prevention against “periodontitis”, which is inflammation around the tooth.
Closes gaps between teeth which aids in proper dental hygiene.
Conveniently positioned teeth.
For those with protruding front teeth. Removes the risks involved with blunt force to the mouth.
Strain no more.
Stops teeth from weakening as it will reduce strain on certain areas of the mouth.
Enjoy your meals.
Remedies hazardous stress on the jaws, muscles and ligaments during eating.
Not as durable. Though ceramic braces can withstand a lot, ceramic brackets are more fragile than traditional ones.
Treatment may take longer. Not recommended for severe cases, otherwise treatment modifications may be necessary and will require longer use of braces.
Ceramic brackets tend to be larger. To prevent breakage these are made larger and may feel bulkier in the mouth.
Ceramics can’t always be placed on bottom teeth. Depending on your bite your orthodontist may not recommend these type of braces, as they can cause excessive wear.
Light-colored elastics tend to stain. There is no way to prevent staining on the the rubber bands used to hold the arch wires, and can make teeth look discolored.
Traditional Metal Braces
Prevents bracket failure. No risk of bracket breakage as metal can withstand stronger force during treatment.
Less amount of time required for treatment. Because metal braces are very durable, depending on the patient, 2 years will the shortest duration of treatment.
Cost-effective. Aside from being durable metal braces are the most affordable choice.
Less visible stains. Choice of darker rubber bands can hide curry, smoke or black coffee stains.
Do braces hurt?
Some discomfort is expected as the braces are tightened and when brackets rub against the inside of the cheeks and lips. But as the mouth gets accustomed to the treatment, pain will reduce over time.
How much do they cost?
Braces start from the 5 digit (Php) price range, but final price will depend doctor’s consultation.
Do I need braces?
Best to consult your dentist, braces are not just for crooked teeth, but also treat overbites and underbites.
I am already an adult, can I still wear braces?
Yes, adult gums are still malleable, there are patients aged 60 years old who get fitted with braces.
When is a good time to start wearing braces?
That will depend on your dentist, but kids as young as 7 can consult with an orthodontist to determine if they will need braces in the future.
Are metal braces better than ceramic braces?
Not necessarily, it all depends on your needs and doctors consultation.
How long will I have to wear them?
Depending on your case and If you are religious with your treatment, treatment can be completed in 2 years.
What can I eat with braces on?
Best to avoid eating hard food to prevent bracket breakage, otherwise anything is fine as long as proper dental hygiene is practiced.
How are braces removed?
With a special set of pliers, that must only be used by the dentist.
How are braces attached?
Using a special adhesive.