Metal Braces

Our Pickering dentists use metal braces to straighten misaligned teeth in moderate to severe cases.

Traditional Orthodontic Treatment

Metal braces have been used for decades to straighten teeth. In recent years, advances in orthodontic treatment have resulted in braces that are more comfortable and easier to care for.

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How Braces Straighten Teeth

Braces apply continuous pressure to the teeth over a period of time, slowly moving them into their new, corrected positions.

As pressure is applied and the teeth move, the bone changes shape to accommodate the new positions of the teeth.

Most braces are made up of the following basic components:

Bands

Orthodontic bands are cemented to the teeth with dental bonding agents. They wrap around each tooth to provide an anchor for the brackets.

Brackets

Brackets are small metal squares that are bonded to the front of each tooth with dental bonding agents. They hold the arch wires that move the teeth.

Arch Wires

Arch wires attach to the brackets and guide the movement of the teeth during treatment. Arch wires can be metal, clear or tooth-coloured.

Ties

Ties are small rubber rings (elastic bands) that fasten the arch wire to the brackets. They can be clear, metal, or colored.

Why Straighten Teeth

Misaligned teeth are more than just an aesthetic issue – they can also cause a variety of oral health problems.

Misaligned teeth can be difficult to clean, and have lots of crevices where plaque can build up. They can also increase the wear and tear of your teeth as they protrude and rub up against each other more than straight teeth do.

In more severe cases, misaligned teeth can make chewing difficult, and can even cause jaw pain and misalignment.

If you have misaligned teeth, it will likely be beneficial for your dental health to undergo orthodontic treatment, either with metal braces or Invisalign.

Modern Metal Braces

Many people resist undergoing orthodontic treatment because they don't want to deal with the look and feel of wearing braces.

However, over the past two decades, metal braces have improved by leaps and bounds. There are now many low profile, more comfortable braces options available to patients.

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