Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional Metal Braces Brisbane

In recent years, the technology behind traditional metal braces has progressed rapidly and now, even greater results can be achieved. As traditional braces have been around for quite some time, they have been perfected to offer the most optimal results.

When compared to other systems, traditional metal braces can fix mild to severe orthodontic problems like a misaligned jaw, severely crooked teeth or an overbite or underbite.

How do metal braces work?

Metal braces are made up of two main parts, the orthodontic bracket, which is a series of attachments, and the wire. The brackets are securely glued to the front of your teeth, where they push the teeth into the desired position alongside the pressure from the wire.

The strong dental wire, called an arch wire, is then placed over the top of these brackets into a small groove in the bracket and held in place by a small elastic band called O-ring. The arch wire is capable of generating a powerful pulling force to move your teeth into their position, in a short time in comparison to other orthodontic treatments.

Metal braces will be working during every moment of your orthodontic treatment. It can take anywhere from several months to years before your teeth are finally in the right place.

When are braces necessary?

Braces are necessary for patients with crooked and crowded teeth. If you have these issues, it is difficult to keep your teeth clean. If brushing and flossing cannot be practiced, tooth decay, gum disease and possible tooth loss can occur.

If your bite is also out of alignment, interfering with your ability to chew and speak properly you might suffer from jaw problems such as TMJ, which can also cause abnormal wear to the enamel of your teeth.

Braces can fix this problem as it trains your jaw and straightens your teeth into the correct, healthy oral position.

What are the benefits of traditional braces?

There are many advantages that metal braces have over the other braces options, such as ceramic braces, including:

  • Strength – metal is very strong compared to other orthodontic treatment options and is less prone to chipping or breaking.
  • Affordability – traditional metal braces still remain one of the most affordable treatment options when choosing to straighten your teeth.
  • Versatility – metal braces can fix mild to severe cases of misaligned, crooked, spaced out and crowded teeth.
  • Speed – straightening your teeth with metal braces is typically faster than other brace options.

How long will I have my braces on for?

The time a patient needs to wear their metal braces will depend on a range of factors including the severity of their orthodontic concerns. Your age also comes into consideration as younger jaws and teeth are easier to manipulate into position than fully grown adult bone.

Treatment time for Dental Pearls’ patients can range anywhere from around six months to 30 months. In the consultation with your dentist, the approximate time your braces will take will be discussed.

Do braces hurt?

Fitting the brackets and wires onto your smile doesn’t hurt, but the teeth usually start to have a slight ache a few hours later. However, braces pain rarely lasts longer than a week, and typically disappears within four days. This slight discomfort can be managed with analgesics and over the counter pain relief.

Braces are not like they used to be and the latest “high tech” wires will reduce the forces applied to your teeth while acting over a greater range of movement. This means far less discomfort and much shorter treatment times. Although, the lips and inside the cheeks may need a few days to get used to the braces.

Metal Braces at Dental Pearl Brisbane

During your consultation, our team will provide a thorough assessment of the alignment of your jaws and the placement of your teeth. After this, we will create a tailor-made treatment plan and give you a rough estimate of how long your treatment time will take.

If you are considering braces or wanting more information about our other orthodontic treatments, contact us here today or call us on (07) 3210 2144!


When you first get braces, or when they are tightened, there will be an adjustment period where you may feel a little tender. This should only last a few days. After this your braces should not cause you any pain.

A simple OTC pain medication should be sufficient to help provide you with some relief. During this time, it is also best to opt for soft food at meal times.

Some orthodontic wax works like a charm in this situation! Simply place a small amount over the area that is causing you discomfort.

Yes. It is super important that you continue to floss even with braces as food particles can end up caught in the wire and brackets. To correctly floss, we recommend using an interdental cleaner as these can get to the hard to reach areas.

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