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Why Stick With Metal Braces?

     The traditional (metal) braces are considered by many to be unsightly. For long, it was a necessary evil that teenagers especially, had to live with for an average of two years to align crooked teeth.

Many patients seem to complain about the wiring being too tight and tearing the skin on the inner lips and cheek. The rubber bands attached in some cases may make speech quite tasking and chewing a misery.

Some alternatives to traditional braces are invisalign, veneer, clarity braces and even more are being developed. A horde of criticism have been aimed at metal braces, especially aesthetic purposes but at the end of the day, it is proven that the benefits that accrue from using them make them worth the discomfort experienced after a few days of having them fit.

Before exalting them, it is necessary to know how these braces work. These braces are made of brackets and wires. The brackets are glued to the teeth, unlike how they were done years ago, by fixing a bracket on the entire tooth. Elastic bands or other wires are necessary to anchor the arch wire, which look like the continuous link on the brace, onto the bracket. It is this wire that provides the 'pull' to correct the defects of the teeth. It can also be used to retain the position of the teeth as they are. The elasticity and strength of the wires change when your teeth become straighter. In this case, stronger, less elastic bands are fit.

Wires can either be round or rectangular. Round wires are used in the first stages of treatment since they are elastic and fit over all the teeth more easily. The wire is tied in a certain position, making sure it is not too tight since that would make the brackets pop off. The rectangular wires come at a later stage and they work better in aligning the teeth by controlling their movement than the circular wires.

Typically, they are made of stainless steel, alloys of nickel and titanium, or beta-titanium.

Damon bracket technology skips the elastic band and allows the wire to slip within the bracket that is over the teeth. This is more comfortable for a patient, and reduces the number of adjustments that need to be made.

So why choose traditional braces over newer seemingly better options?


1. They are the least expensive option in fixing asymmetrical teeth. According to the Australian Society of Orthodontists, the treatment fee costs anywhere between 4500 to 8000 Australian Dollars or more in some cases. This down payment covers fitting and future adjustments.

2. They are worn for the shortest time, meaning they work fastest in fixing the teeth because of the force they exert on them.

3. The discomfort only lasts for a few days.

4. Bands (ligatures) are available in a myriad of colors for cosmetic purposes.

5. Dark bands can be used to disguise stains on the teeth.

6. They are strong (made out of stainless steel) and seldom break while eating.

7. They last long.

8. The metal used may be silver or gold.

9. They can correct even the most complex teeth problems.

It is clear to see that metal braces stay ahead of the pack in when it comes to its advantages. The cost and less treatment especially, qualify the braces as the best option to choose when seeking to improve the teeth.

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Niño is an orthodontist at Gullota Orthodontics. He has been realigning for ten years and hopes to die doing it. His uncommon dedication to his work reflects in the dazzling smiles he creates at the end of his patients' treatments who never stop commending his rare expertise, visit

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