Metal Braces: The Classic Route to a Stunning Smile
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When the milk teeth fall off in our childhood, not all of the permanent teeth that replace them come out perfect. Sometimes, they emerge at an angle or are too obtrusive. While there are many ways in orthodontics to address such unruly teeth, one of the most popular and effective methods remains the metal braces. These ‘train tracks’, commonly known as metal braces, work in tandem to align your teeth over time and give you a picture-perfect 10/10 smile.
What are metal braces?
Metal braces, often referred to as traditional braces, are precision-crafted orthodontic appliances designed to address misaligned teeth and bite concerns. Our braces treatment consists of durable stainless steel brackets that are securely attached to each tooth; a connecting wire runs through the brackets holding them taut together. Our expert orthodontists customise the tension in the wire to gently guide your teeth into their optimal positions. Additionally, we use elastic bands, or ligatures, to secure the wire in place on the brackets.
At Supercare, we offer high-quality orthodontic solutions to help you achieve the confident and beautiful smile you have always dreamed of. Metal braces, a time-tested method for correcting various dental issues, is one of our most trusted orthodontic treatments.
What is the cost of metal braces?
It is believed that metal braces cost a lot, not only in terms of money, but also time, signifying their nature as an investment. However, the metal braces cost is not a one-size-fits-all ratio and depends on various factors:
- The severity of your malocclusion: The more severe your malocclusion, the longer your treatment will take and the more expensive it may be.
- The duration of your treatment: The average treatment time for metal braces is 18-24 months. However, some cases may require longer treatment times.
- The location of your orthodontist: The cost of braces can vary from city to city in Australia. For instance, the cost of braces in and around Sydney ranges from AUD $3,000 to $7,000.
- The type of metal braces you choose: There are different types of braces available, each with its own price tag. Traditional metal braces are the most affordable option, while invisalign aligners are more expensive.
Remember, comfort should always come first. If misaligned teeth are hampering your quality of life, we suggest you get them straightened with braces. We are here to guide you throughout the process, from a free consultation to using your Super for your dental treatment.
Types of braces
While metal braces are the most common orthodontic treatment our young patients go for at Supercare, there also exist alternative options. The different types of braces you can choose from include:
- Ceramic braces– Similar to metal braces but use clear or tooth-coloured ceramic brackets that blend in with the teeth
- Lingual braces– Placed on the back (lingual) side of the teeth, making them virtually invisible when you smile. They are also custom-made for your comfort.
- Clear aligners like Invisalign– Involve a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually shift the teeth into place.
Our expert orthodontists will carefully evaluate your needs and recommend the most suitable types of mental braces for you during your initial consultation.
What are metal braces made of?
Metal braces are usually crafted from high-quality stainless steel. This material is chosen for its exceptional strength, durability, and resistance to corrosion.
Our brackets and wires are engineered to withstand the forces required to shift your teeth into a straight smile while maintaining their structural integrity throughout your treatment journey.
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Advantages of metal braces
When you opt for Supercare’s metal braces treatment, you can expect a range of benefits. There are many advantages of metal braces and our braces treatment has a proven track record of effectively addressing a wide spectrum of dental issues. We prioritise robust durability, ensuring that our braces can withstand the rigours of daily wear and tear.
We believe that personalisation is key in achieving perfection and you also get the option to select colourful elastic bands to infuse a touch of your personal style into your braces. At Supercare, your comfort is paramount throughout your orthodontic journey, and our easy payment options ensure accessible and convenient access to the dental care you deserve.
Symptoms you might need braces
We recognise that not everyone requires dental braces, but there are common signs and symptoms that may suggest the need for orthodontic treatment:
- Misaligned teeth: Obvious misalignment or overcrowding of teeth.
- Bite iIrregularities: Overbites or underbites that impact your dental health.
- Functional challenges: Difficulty chewing or speaking due to bite misalignment.
- Habitual behaviours: Prolonged thumb or finger sucking in children can lead to alignment issues.
If you are uncertain whether dental braces are the right option for you, pop in for a quick free consultation and our dental experts will be here to give you the guidance you need.
How much do metal braces cost at Supercare?
At Supercare, we offer you assistance in helping you use your Super for your dental treatments, including metal braces. In Australia, you can access your Super for dental care if you are suffering from severe discomfort due to dental maladies.
You can submit an application to use your Super for funding your metal brace cost at Supercare. This way, your superannuation fund covers dental treatments and you can focus on getting your teeth fixed without stressing out about the associated costs.
So if you are looking for a more dazzling smile or a solution to your misaligned bite, wander into your nearest Supercare clinic or schedule an appointment online, and we’ll be more than glad to fix you up with metal braces.
Metal Braces FAQs
Braces are applied by attaching small brackets to each tooth with a special adhesive. A wire is then threaded through these brackets, and adjustments are made over time to gradually shift the teeth into their desired positions.
The duration of metal braces treatment varies based on individual cases, but it typically lasts from 18 months to 3 years. Your orthodontist will provide a more precise estimate after evaluating your specific needs.
No, braces do not cause heavy metal poisoning. The materials used in braces, such as stainless steel or titanium, are biocompatible and safe for dental use. They do not release harmful levels of metals into the body.
Yes, you can still get an MRI with braces. However, it’s important to inform the medical staff about your braces beforehand, as they can cause interference with the MRI images. Accordingly. they will take appropriate precautions to ensure a safe and accurate MRI.
Yes, if you have on metal braces, it’s best to avoid hard, sticky, and overly crunchy foods that could damage the braces or get stuck in them. After your braces application, our orthodontist will provide dietary guidelines to help you make food choices that won’t disrupt your orthodontic treatment.
Eating with braces may cause some discomfort initially as your mouth adjusts to the braces. You may experience soreness or sensitivity. Over time, most people adapt to eating with braces, and any initial discomfort tends to diminish.
The duration of metal braces treatment varies depending on individual factors and the complexity of the case. On average, metal braces treatment typically lasts from 18 months to 3 years.
Yes, your teeth should be significantly straighter once the metal braces are removed. However, the final alignment of your teeth may continue to refine in the months following the removal of braces as your bite settles. It’s essential to follow your orthodontist’s post-braces instructions, which may include the use of retainers, to maintain the results and ensure long-term straightness.