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Metal Braces

Metal braces are one of the most commonly used dental braces. Most traditional metal braces are usually made of stainless steel or titanium; however, gold or silver metal braces have also become exceptionally popular today. These types of braces are very strong and can easily withstand daily interactions without any inconvenience. Typically, most metal braces are installed with elastic rubber bands, or ligatures, which keep the bracket and arch wires attached to each other.

Initially braces may be a little irritating to the gums, but the gums and cheeks adapt to them, quickly. The litigators are available in different colors, and you have varied choices for how they appear. The key advantages of metal braces are:

  • Durable and strong – can withstand most types of daily interactions
  • Available in wide variety of choices – gold, silver, titanium, stainless steel
  • Excellent results

How Braces Works?

Orthodontic braces allow bone remodelling for ensuring a lovely smile regardless of the present alignment of your teeth. This easy, yet effective technique, is highly popular with both dentists and their clients. Braces consist of four main parts including,

  • Brackets
  • Arch wire
  • Bonding material
  • Ligature elastic

Ceramic or metal brackets remain attached to the teeth by using a gluing material or metal bands. Arch wire is utilised to provide the pressure on the teeth that is required to shift their postions. Arch wire is connected between each bracket. Ligature elastic connects the bracket to arch wire, and holds them together. The constant pressure of the orthodontic braces on the teeth gradually compels them to take up their proper position and deals with misalignment issues successfully. At times our dentists may also recommend a headgear, especially in case of adults that prevent specific teeth from changing their place.

In this process, the periodontal membrane encapsulating lower portion of each tooth stretches under pressure that is placed upon the teeth by the braces. The result is loosening of teeth. For supporting each tooth in its new position, respective bone growth occurs and this is referred to as remodelling.

The brackets along with the supporting arch wire that are part of orthodontic braces creates and sustains pressure on teeth for ensuring proper alignment through remodelling. The arch or twist-wire is a small cable that will retain its position within your oral cavity. Heat that is present, inside the oral cavity, coupled with the arich wire, triggers a biochemical process the starts the process of bone remodelling.

This initiation of osteoclast activity, which are the bone cells active in remodelling, takes approximately 72 hours after the placement orthodontic braces. Osteoblasts are the bone cells that are involved in the rebuilding process which takes approximately 90 days. Stabilising the position of your teeth takes an additional 10 months. Wearing the retainer continuously ensures success of this highly effective technique from start to finish!

It is important to take good care of metal braces, typically the are worn for 12 to 18 months. Avoid hard vegetables, tough meat, or chewing anything that sticks to the braces such as gum or caramel. Hard crunchy foods can also reduce the effectiveness of metal braces. Instead of biting, chew your food slowly. Since flossing can be difficult, you can consider using Waterpik to remove the food particles from your mouth and keep the braces clean.


  • They are sturdy and rarely break
  • Metal braces tend to be less expensive and take minimum time to work effectively
  • Self-litigating metal brackets don’t cause the problem of staining
  • The gold braces look aesthetically beautiful


  • They are more visible
  • Tend to be a little uncomfortable initially