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Metal Braces

Modern metal braces are more comfortable to wear and less visible in the mouth than those of previous decades. They are the strongest and most durable type of braces available, and they are often the only option for treating more severe orthodontic cases.

At Tindall Orthodontics, we offer metal braces for all ages to help you or your child correct a range of orthodontic problems.

What are metal braces?

Metal braces are brackets fitted to the teeth and secured with wires and bands. These brackets apply a small amount of force that gradually straightens and moves teeth into their desired positions over a period of time.

Today’s metal braces are more efficient, more compact and less intrusive than those of previous generations, as well as being more comfortable to wear. We recommend metal braces to treat many types of orthodontic problems, from crooked and protruding teeth to bite and alignment issues. They may also be used in combination with other treatments.

What are the benefits of metal braces?

Metal braces are the strongest and most supportive braces available. They are more resistant to stains than other types of braces and are less likely to be damaged in accidents and during sports.

Even if you are a candidate for other brace options, you may prefer metal braces for their affordability and resilience. If your child doesn’t like the metal look, we can customise their braces with coloured bands and other designs to make them more appealing.

Who is suitable for metal braces?

Metal braces are a versatile orthodontic solution, suitable for adults, teenagers and children with a range of conditions. They are the most affordable option compared to other types of braces and are less likely to need repairs or replacement during the course of your treatment.

Metal braces could be ideal if you frequently play sport or if you are involved in other activities that put your braces at risk of damage. However, if you prefer a more discreet alternative to metal braces, we also offer tooth-coloured ceramic braces that are less visible in the mouth.

How are braces fitted?

If you decide that braces are the best option for you, we will explain what the treatment involves and answer any questions you have during your initial consultation. We will also take x-rays, photos and a cast of your teeth to plan your treatment.

We will inform you if you require any dental work before the braces can be fitted, such as tooth extractions to alleviate crowding. Around one week before your braces are fitted, we will prepare your molars by fitting plastic separators.

At your fitting, we will check and clean your teeth to make sure they are free from plaque, then dry the tooth surfaces to make bonding easier. We will attach the brackets, cement the molar bands and finally connect the wires and bands. Fitting your braces usually takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes.

What happens next?

After your braces are fitted, you will need to return to our clinic every six weeks. These appointments allow us to check that you are progressing as expected, make adjustments to the brackets and replace the bands. Although every case is different, most orthodontic treatments using ceramic braces are complete within 24 months.

Getting braces fitted is a painless procedure, but you may feel some soreness in your teeth and mouth for up to a week as you adjust. Most people are completely used to their braces by the end of the first month.

We advise that you eat soft foods for the first one or two days following your brace fitting, avoid acidic food and drinks, and avoid touching your braces or poking sore areas with your fingers or tongue. We will provide orthodontic wax that is easy to apply to any sore areas in your mouth, and discomfort can be alleviated using over-the-counter pain relief medication if necessary.

It’s normal to feel some discomfort for up to a week after your braces are fitted, but this will fade as you become used to the appliance. If you develop sores in your mouth, this is usually due to accidental biting of the cheeks or rubbing of the brackets against the lips.

Book an appointment for metal braces

Call us to schedule a consultation for metal braces and other orthodontic services at Tindall Orthodontics. No referral is required for your initial consultation.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.