If you are looking for a quick, cost-effective way to correct bite problems, crowded teeth, and other orthodontic challenges, you should consider getting metal braces. At Nasser Orthodontics in Shreveport, LA, we can use this sophisticated type of braces to straighten your teeth and perfect your smile. Read on to learn more about the benefits of this tooth-straightening option.
What Are the Most Efficient Braces? Why You May Prefer Metal Braces
Metal braces are one of the best ways to enhance your smile. This orthodontic treatment uses metal brackets to correct your teeth issues. These brackets are frequently made of stainless steel alloy, titanium, nickel, and other strong materials. In addition to being the most efficient type of braces, this orthodontic option offers other important benefits.
An Efficient Method
Some orthodontic treatments will take a very long time to correct your teeth issues. If you choose one of these methods to fix your smile, you might have to spend a long time wearing braces and attending check-ups at our office.
In contrast, our metal brackets will quickly move your teeth into new places in your mouth. In fact, studies have shown that using the Damon System of self-ligating metal brackets can reduce your total treatment time by up to seven months. Since this treatment works very quickly, you won’t have to wear your braces for a long period of time.
A Low-Maintenance Option
In addition to being very efficient, your powerful brackets will be resistant to damage. As a result, you will be less likely to break one of your brackets or develop other problems during your orthodontic treatment. Instead of visiting our office for frequent repair sessions, you’ll be able to spend your time and energy working, doing your schoolwork, or completing other activities.
A Comfortable Choice
In the past, metal brackets were cumbersome and difficult to wear. In particular, the friction between the brackets and wires caused people to feel uncomfortable when they received their braces or had their braces tightened.
Fortunately, we can use sophisticated techniques to improve this orthodontic treatment. In particular, we can provide you with self-ligating braces that will reduce the amount of friction in your mouth.
An Unobtrusive Option
Recent advances allow us to use subtle brackets to correct your teeth in an unobtrusive manner. When you use this type of braces, we will attach state-of-the-art brackets to your teeth. These sophisticated brackets will be very small and subtle.
A Cost-Effective Choice
Using traditional braces to improve your teeth is one of the most cost-effective ways to correct your smile. When you choose this orthodontic technique, you will easily fit your treatments into your monthly budget.
How Do Braces Improve My Teeth?
When we put your braces into your mouth, we will attach special wires to your metal brackets. We will use these wires to put gentle pressure onto each of your teeth.
When you visit our office for follow-up appointments, we may tighten your wires and make other adjustments to your braces. As you continue to wear your braces, your teeth will become straighter, and your bite problems, crowding, and other issues will become less visible.
What Types of Braces Can I Receive?
We offer several types of metal brackets at Nasser Orthodontics.
The Damon System
The Damon System is one of our most popular orthodontic treatments. This specialized system uses hi-tech archwires and low-friction brackets to enhance your smile. These innovative brackets produce significantly less friction than other types of braces. Reducing the amount of friction that you experience will shorten your treatment time and improve your comfort levels.
Ormco Self Ligation Braces
We can also use Ormco braces to correct your teeth. This sophisticated option uses self-ligating brackets to fix bite problems and other issues. If you are an active person who plays sports, you might benefit from using this resilient, reliable system.
What Should I Expect During My Orthodontic Treatment?
You’ll need to get a consultation, create an orthodontic plan, receive your braces, and attend follow-up appointments during your treatment.
Receiving a Consultation
You’ll start the process of fixing your teeth by attending a consultation at our office in Shreveport. To help us analyze your teeth, you should bring x-rays from your dental appointments to this meeting. In addition to looking at your x-rays, we will examine your mouth and analyze your bite. We will also talk about any teeth issues that are bothering you.
Designing Your Treatment Plan
After we have analyzed your teeth, we will create a customized plan for you. Under most circumstances, you will be able to use traditional braces to improve your teeth. However, if you have severe orthodontic issues, you might need to use headgear or receive other treatments before you get your braces.
If your teeth issues are very minor, we might advise you to use other methods to correct your teeth. For example, we can tell you more about Invisalign, clear braces, and other orthodontic techniques.
Receiving Your Braces
After we have agreed on a suitable treatment plan, we will schedule your next appointment. You should be prepared for your next meeting to take a longer period of time than your usual appointments. We will begin by thoroughly cleaning your teeth. Once your teeth are clean, we will prepare your mouth for your braces and use a special type of cement to attach your metal brackets to your teeth.
After we have finished attaching archwires or other devices to your brackets, we will teach you how to clean and care for your teeth. We will show you brushing techniques that you can use as you move around your brackets and wires. We may also give you a special toothbrush that will help you adjust to your new routine. In addition, we will explain which foods and snacks to avoid during your treatment.
Attending Follow-Up Appointments
You’ll need to visit our office regularly after we have placed your brackets on your teeth. During your follow-up appointments, we can adjust your braces and monitor the changes in your teeth. These continued adjustments will gradually move your teeth into better places in your mouth.
In addition to making regular visits to our Shreveport office, you’ll need to continue seeing your dentist. During these visits, your dentist will clean your teeth and monitor the health of your gums. In addition, your dentist can help you learn how to clean your teeth and maintain good hygiene during your orthodontic treatment.
Can Specialized Techniques Help Me Speed Up My Orthodontic Treatment?
Since our metal brackets are very good at straightening your teeth, you will not spend a long time wearing your braces. However, if you would like to shorten your treatment, you should consider using AcceleDent in connection with your braces. AcceleDent uses SoftPulse Technology to make your teeth more responsive to your braces.
Using Your Device
During this treatment, you will put a special mouthpiece over your teeth for 20 minutes each day. This mouthpiece will gently pulse during your treatments. These pulses will enable your teeth to quickly shift into more optimal locations in your mouth.
To achieve the best results, you’ll need to wear your mouthpiece regularly. You should not interrupt this process during your daily sessions. Fortunately, these sessions won’t take very long to complete. Since you’ll feel relaxed and comfortable while your mouthpiece is sending pulses into your teeth, you can spend this time doing homework, reading a book, or accomplishing other tasks.
Achieving Quick Results
If you regularly wear your mouthpiece, your total treatment time will be significantly shorter. Instead of wearing your braces for a long time, you will be able to spend your time enjoying your new smile. In fact, your AcceleDent sessions can decrease the length of your orthodontic treatment by up to 50%.
Which Foods Will I Need To Avoid During My Treatment?
Since metal braces are very durable, you will be less likely to damage your brackets when you eat. That said, certain foods may harm your braces and decrease the effectiveness of your treatment. After we place your braces onto your teeth, we will give you a detailed list that will explain how to adjust your eating habits.
In particular, you will need to avoid eating sticky foods like taffy and caramel. In addition, you should not bite into whole apples or eat hard candies. Avoiding these foods will protect your braces and allow you to achieve optimal results from your orthodontic treatment.
Am I Too Old To Benefit From Braces?
Although many people receive braces when they are teenagers, it’s also common to receive this orthodontic treatment as an adult. About 25% of all people who receive orthodontic treatments are adults.
Receiving braces as an adult will allow you to correct teeth problems that have been bothering you for a long time. In addition, you can use braces if you have crowns, missing teeth, and other issues. Your braces can shift your teeth with crowns into new locations in your mouth and improve the placement of gaps in your teeth.
Will My Insurance Pay for My Braces?
Since traditional braces are a well-established, proven orthodontic technique, your insurance may cover the cost of your treatment plan. We can work with you to file claims and increase your chance of receiving coverage for your treatment.
In addition, we offer a variety of financing options that will help you pay for your braces. We can give you more details about these options after we have looked at your teeth and developed a suitable treatment plan for you.
How Long Will I Wear My Braces?
The condition of your teeth and the goals that you are trying to achieve will impact the length of your orthodontic treatment. In general, you can expect to wear your braces for two to three years. Using a technique like AcceleDent in connection with your braces will shorten your total treatment time.
After we take off your braces, we will provide you with a customized retainer. Wearing this retainer will prevent your teeth from shifting into new, undesirable places in your mouth. We may instruct you to wear your retainer for several years after we remove your braces.
Schedule a Consultation
Metal braces are a comfortable, cost-effective way to correct your teeth problems. This orthodontic option is very durable, and you will be less likely to break your braces during your treatment. To learn more about our range of braces, contact us at Nasser Orthodontics in Shreveport, LA to set up an initial meeting.