A Traditional Way to Straighten Your Smile
In addition to making you feel reluctant to smile, misaligned teeth can also damage your health, increasing your chances of suffering from pain, cavities, gingivitis, excessive tooth wear, and difficulty chewing. Fortunately, our dental professionals offer traditional metal braces to address these concerns.
Metal braces have long been an effective way to straighten your smile. Thanks to a number of technological breakthroughs, today’s braces are more streamlined and less noticeable than ever before.
At the Centre for Invisible Orthodontics, we’re the leading Invisalign® provider in Dade County, FL, but our dental professionals are just as capable of providing patients expert care with metal braces. Our Miami orthodontics specialist, Dr. Stephen Grussmark, will personalize your treatment to meet your unique dental needs. Read our guide on braces to learn more.
What Are Traditional Braces?
Traditional braces consist of individual brackets attached to the front surfaces of your teeth. The braces are held together using an archwire that stretches across the teeth. Rubber bands called elastics are commonly used to add additional support that helps adjust the position of your bite and jaw. Braces work by applying constant pressure to the teeth and jaws, moving them into the proper position.
Once a month, your Coral Gables orthodontist will tighten the archwire across the brackets, gradually moving your teeth to the correct alignment.
Individual treatment times with traditional braces can last anywhere from a few months to a few years. This will depend on the complexity of your particular case and your individual orthodontic needs.
Why Choose Our Miami Orthodontist?
Dr. Grussmark has years of orthodontic education and experience, and has earned the title of Invisalign Diamond Plus Provider. In addition to his distinguished title for Invisalign orthodontics, Dr. Grussmark is also skilled in placing and monitoring the treatment of metal braces, as not every patient qualifies for Invisalign aligners.
Our orthodontist of South Florida will design a customized course of treatment to help you achieve the straighter smile of your dreams. Aligned teeth will dramatically enhance your oral health and self-esteem, so you’ll never have to feel insecure about flashing your smile again.
Beware of DIY Orthodontics
While the internet has become an invaluable resource for research and discovery, it has also led to a DIY (“Do-it-yourself”) revolution. Unfortunately, DIY enthusiasts have now taken it upon themselves to attempt do-it-yourself health treatments. This can have disastrous consequences, especially with orthodontic care which requires advanced knowledge and extreme precision.
Some individuals have even wrapped small rubber bands around their misaligned teeth in an attempt to force them into proper alignment without the help of metallic implements. This is very unsafe, as it can lead to even greater misalignment, extreme pain, or even the loss of teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions About Traditional Metal Braces
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children have their first orthodontic evaluation no later than age seven. Getting your child the right orthodontic care at an early age can prevent them from developing serious issues down the line.
There’s no upper age limit to braces, however, as they can be fitted to help patients well into adulthood correct orthodontic issues like overbites or crooked teeth. Schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Grussmark today to learn what treatment is best suited for your needs.
In order to avoid damaging your braces, there are certain dietary restrictions patients should adhere to. This includes avoiding foods that are:
- Sticky or chewy (like gum and candy)
- Crunchy (like chips and peanuts)
- Tough (like steak and corn on the cob)
Patients often wonder if they can still participate in sports while undergoing treatment with braces, a common concern among teens. However, it’s also important that you don’t damage your orthodontic treatment, which is why Dr. Grussmark offers custom mouthguards for athletes to protect your braces and your smile. This is particularly important for patients who are involved in high-intensity sports like football, lacrosse, skateboarding, and basketball.
However, in the event that your braces sustain damage, it’s crucial to seek immediate care. Give us a call right away at (305) 441-1200 if a bracket slips off your tooth or a wire becomes loose. We’ll schedule an emergency appointment so we can reattach the loose implement, allowing you to return to your busy schedule as soon as possible.
In addition to avoiding certain foods, you can keep your braces clean by brushing and flossing gently around them every night with a soft-bristled toothbrush. It’s also crucial to visit Dr. Grussmark for regular checkups once every six months so he can spot any potential issues with your appliances.
The cost of metal braces depends on factors such as how long you’re required to wear them and how many tightening appointments you attend. Dr. Grussmark will provide you with a cost estimate of your treatment at your initial appointment. We also recommend contacting your dental insurance provider to learn if your plan will cover a portion of the expenses.
We strive to provide affordable braces to patients in Dade County and beyond, which is why we offer various financing options. We offer flexible and low interest plans through third party providers such as CareCredit, and our team will even help ensure you receive the maximum insurance benefits you’re entitled to.
Visit Our Miami Orthodontist Specialist Today
At the Centre for Invisible Braces, our team can provide you with expert orthodontic care and service that’s sure to help you achieve your smile and oral health goals. From Invisalign aligners to traditional metal braces, our expert dentist can do it all.
Call our Miami office at (305) 441-1200 today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Grussmark. You can also fill out our online contact form and a member of our team will be with you shortly. We proudly serve patients in Brickell, Coral Gables, and Coconut Grove, FL.