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Metal Braces

If you’re interested in correcting your smile, or your child or teenager needs orthodontic treatment, metal braces are a tried-and-true option. Today’s braces are smaller, more comfortable, and more convenient than ever, making them a great choice for improving the appearance of your smile.

The Treatment Process

What to Expect with Braces

Braces use a series of brackets that are attached directly to your teeth. An “archwire” is run through these brackets, and this is what guides your teeth into the proper position. The archwire is secured with a series of “ligatures,” which are rubber bands that wrap around the wire and bracket. Over a 12-24 month period, your braces will be regularly adjusted by Dr. Patel, and your teeth will be moved into the proper position in your mouth, ultimately correcting your bite and jaw position.

Why Choose Metal Braces?

The Benefits of Braces

  • Smaller, stronger brackets – Compared to ceramic braces, steel brackets are smaller and are usually stronger, allowing for the use of more corrective force when shifting the position of your teeth.
  • Versatile and effective – Metal braces are the best way to treat complex orthodontic issues because of their strength and durability. Since they aren’t removable, you don’t have to worry about remembering to wear them or taking them out when you eat.
  • Colorful and fun – Our young patients can choose from a variety of different color rubber bands at every visit to let their personalities and creativity shine during treatment.

Understanding Orthodontics

How It Works

Orthodontic treatment places pressure on the teeth to change their position into a more healthy, aesthetically-pleasing alignment. After your braces are applied, they are adjusted to provide the proper pressure and push them into the correct position. As your teeth are gently moved, the roots press against the underlying bone. Over time, this causes the piece of bone next to the root to dissolve, which allows the tooth to move in the direction that it’s being pushed.

Once the tooth is moved, new alveolar bone will build up in the space where your tooth’s root used to be, preventing it from moving back to its original position. Over time, this process is used to move all of your teeth permanently into proper position and alignment.

Starting the Process

The First Steps

After your orthodontic consultation, Dr. Patel will create a comprehensive orthodontic plan. Then, you’ll come in to have your braces applied. This process usually takes about 1-2 hours. Dr. Patel will clean your teeth and use a special type of dental adhesive to bond the brackets onto all of your teeth. Then, Dr. Patel will place an archwire through the brackets, securing it in place with colorful rubber ligatures. You may feel some pressure on your teeth after the initial placement, but it should subside in a few days.

How Long Does Treatment Take?

Treatment Time with Braces

Treatment time depends on your particular case. Dr. Patel customizes each patient’s plan to his or her specific needs. Some patients will wear braces for only a year, while others may wear them for three years. On average, though, most patients wear braces for 18-24 months. During your consultation, Dr. Patel will go over what you can expect from your treatment and give you an estimated treatment time based on the desired outcome for your smile.

Dietary Restrictions

What Can I Eat and Drink with Braces?

If you decide that braces are the right treatment option for you or your child, this treatment does have a number of dietary restrictions that should be strictly followed to avoid damaging your braces. As a rule, you should avoid all foods that are extremely sticky, hard, or chewy. Sticky, chewy foods can pull your brackets out of position, and hard foods can also cause damage to your braces. When your braces are placed, Dr. Patel will discuss all of your recommended dietary restrictions during your appointment, and you can always feel free to call our team if you have any questions throughout your treatment.

Proper Care And Oral Hygiene

How To Keep Your Braces Clean

It is critical for patients going through orthodontic treatment to keep their braces clean. It is important to brush your teeth 2-3 times per day, for at least 2 minutes, and floss once per day. You must brush your teeth, braces, and gum tissue. You should continue to see your dentist for regular six-month cleanings to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar. We also recommend brushing your teeth after drinking beverages like juice, coffee, or tea, or at least rinsing with mouthwash or water. This will help minimize your risk of stains during treatment.

The Cost Of Orthodontics

How Much Do Braces Cost?

The cost of metal braces varies quite a bit depending on your case. The best way to get an informed estimate is to see Dr. Patel for a consultation. During your appointment, he will go over all of your orthodontic options and help you make the best choice for your smile and your budget. We also offer patient resources and flexible payment options to keep quality orthodontic care affordable.

Metal Braces in Warrington

Schedule a Consultation

If you’re ready to explore orthodontics in Warrington, Warminster, Horsham, Chalfont, Doylestown, Maple Glen, or Lansdale, Dr. Patel is here to help. At Bucks Mont Orthodontics, we specialize in orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages. To schedule an exam and consultation, give us a call at (215) 398-0794, or stop by our office at 1520 Main Street, Suite 202, Warrington, PA 18976.

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"My daughter and I are both patients of Dr. Patel. He is caring, compassionate and extremely detail oriented.  He takes the time to answer questions, I never felt like I was being rushed in and out.  He always put me and my daughter at ease.  Dr. Patel  is a devoted professional who makes his patients feel important each and every time they are in his office."

"My boys always look forward to seeing Dr. Patel and his warm and friendly staff. Dr. Patel is highly knowledgeable and highly compassionate when it comes to caring for my boys. His approach is practical and we appreciate how he clearly and simply lays out the options and helps us understand how to make the best choices for them."

"I cannot say enough great things about Dr. Patel! He is not only caring towards his patients and staff, but he takes his time in explaining what the best treatment options would be. I have already recommended to family and friends to go to Bucks Mont Orthodontics to see Dr. Patel for a consult! He is a genuine doctor and cares about his patients. I have had nothing but great experiences! Thank you Dr. Patel for being a great person as well a great orthodontist!"

"Not only does Dr. Patel do amazing work, but he is compassionate towards all of his patients! I cannot say enough good things about his practice, his staff, and his office. They make you feel so special when you walk through the door. Highly recommend!!!!"

"Dr. Patel is such a great professional. He knows very well what he does with your teeth and he has the ability to build full confidence from his patients. My son enjoys going to his appointments. Kudos, Dr. Patel!"

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