Traditional metal braces have been used for decades, and continue to be the most common form of braces worn by patients. But why is this option still so popular, even though newer, less conspicuous types of braces and aligners have been developed in recent years? In this article, we go over the pros of metal braces and explain why your orthodontist recommends them.
What are metal braces?
When you think of braces, metal braces are probably the first thing that comes to mind. They are crafted with high-grade stainless steel brackets and wires connected with rubber bands. The brackets are connected to each individual tooth, allowing for a great amount of control over your smile. With metal braces you get to choose a new color for the rubber bands at each appointment, which is often a patients favorite part of their visit.
Are metal braces really the best option?
Considering the many types of braces on the market today, many patients question whether traditional metal braces are the best, most advanced option and are confused when their orthodontist recommends metal braces vs aligners. In reality, metal braces today are extremely advanced and more comfortable and effective than ever before. Their strength and durability mean that in most cases metal braces are more appropriate to tackle difficult orthodontic issues than any aligner option. They can also work faster than weaker options. Finally, metal braces are often the most affordable option, making them an excellent option for not only your mouth, but your wallet as well. All of these factors contribute to American orthodontists’ decisions to recommend metal braces to thousands of patients each year.