Metal Braces Whittier CA

Metal Braces

Metal Braces Whittier, CA

Metal braces are a tried and tested approach to orthodontic care that’s been around for decades. While not everyone needs metal braces, this type of treatment is often crucial for patients with complex orthodontic cases, like severe crowding or jaw/tooth alignment issues.

How Do Metal Braces in Whittier Work?

There are three components to metal braces:

  • Brackets
  • An archwire
  • Rubber bands

Brackets are bonded/cemented to the front surfaces of your teeth. The archwire is placed into the brackets and held into place with the rubber bands. The archwire helps guide your teeth into their ideal positions.

How Long Will I Be in Braces?

It really depends on the complexity of your case. Average treatment times for patients with metal braces in Whittier range from 16-18 months. In some cases, though, patients need more time. It isn’t uncommon for more complex cases to take up to 24 months.

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Is Invisalign® a Better Option?

Like metal braces in Whittier, Invisalign® clear aligners can correct:

  • Crowding
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite

The differences between these two options are:

  • Aesthetics: Invisalign® aligners are clear, making them virtually invisible. Many people (particularly teens and adults) choose Invisalign® for this reason.
  • Ease of use: You can remove the Invisalign® aligners to eat or when you have to give a presentation or have a special event to attend. Being able to remove them is a big selling point for a lot of patients.
  • Homecare: Home care is also easier because you can remove the aligners and brush and floss like normal. Brushing and flossing with metal braces in Whittier takes a bit more time and effort.

While it seems like Invisalign® is the clear winner, there are some reasons why traditional braces might be a better fit. If a patient has a complex orthodontic case, including deep bites, impacted teeth, or is not able to comply with Invisalign® instructions, they’ll likely do better with metal braces.

How Do I Care for My Metal Braces in Whittier?

To care for your teeth and braces during your orthodontic treatment, you’ll need to brush and floss regularly. As with all our patients, we recommend brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. You might find you need to do both somewhat more often because food can get caught around the brackets and between the archwire and your teeth or the brackets.

In order to properly floss, we recommend using plastic floss threaders. It will take some practice, but you’ll soon get used to using them. There is more time involved in flossing, which makes some people avoid it altogether during their treatment. We don’t recommend this as it can lead to gum disease or dental decay. Instead, try flossing while you’re listening to music or watching TV. It helps the time fly!

A WaterPik and electric toothbrush can also help ensure a more thorough clean.

How Much Do Metal Braces Cost?

Orthodontic treatment can range between $4000 and $7000. The amount you spend on treatment will depend on the complexity of your case, the time spent in braces, additional orthodontic devices needed, and how much (if any) your dental insurance company will cover.

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Are You Ready to Get Started?

Getting braces in Whittier is an investment of your time and money. If you’re ready to make the investment, we highly recommend scheduling a consultation with your Whittier orthodontist. Your provider can answer any questions you have about treatment for yourself or your child. They will also help you determine which treatment option is best for your needs and give you the information you need to have a successful orthodontic journey.

Are Metal Braces Right For You?

We’ll let you know! Contact our team today to schedule an orthodontic consultation to learn more.

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