Approximately 4 million Americans wear braces at any given time in order to fix what is classified as a malocclusion. A malocclusion is what we call a “bad bite”, such as crowded teeth, underbites, and overbites. Metal dental braces are an effective and affordable method our dentists in Houston and South Houston use to correct a malocclusion, especially for younger children who prefer to take advantage of early Houston braces treatment. In this article, we will discuss how metal dental braces work so you and your child know what to expect.
What Are Metal Braces Made Of?
Our metal Houston braces feature 3 key components:
- Metal brackets, which are glued to the front of the teeth with a semipermanent dental cement
- Archwire, which is placed across the brackets
- O-rings, which keep the archwire attached to the metal brackets
What To Expect At Your Dental Braces Consultation At Our Houston And South Houston Family Dentist Office
When you visit us for your first consultation, a few tasks need to be completed:
- Gathering X-rays
- Taking dental photographs
- Taking impressions
We will also take the time to learn more about your needs and preferences. Once we have these materials, we will review them and determine whether Invisalign, ceramic dental braces, or metal dental braces may be best for your particular case. Once you decide on which type of Houston braces treatment you will undergo, we will map out the course of your treatment or that of your child’s utilizing our state-of-the-art dental braces technology.
What Happens After Your Houston Braces Consultation
Once we know what dental braces treatment you will undergo, it’s time to book your fitting. If you will undergo Invisalign, we will get your aligner trays made at our lab before you come into our office to wear them for the first time.
If you are undergoing ceramic dental braces or metal dental braces treatment, your next appointment will be the one in which we actually attach the braces to your teeth, which will last about 1-2 hours. You can learn more about what to expect when first getting braces here.
Ready For Dental Braces? Visit Us At Our Houston Or South Houston Family Dentist Offices
If you believe that it’s about time for you or your child to get braces, then please book an appointment with our dentist so we can begin with our dental braces consultation and design an effective treatment plan. We look forward to giving your teen a beautiful smile they are proud to show off!