If your child needs to be fitted with braces, there are many factors to consider before eventual implementation. One of the biggest changes to contend with is what type of braces will actually be picked. 

One of the oldest and most trusted forms of orthodontic treatment is metal braces. Metal braces are often considered as one of the first forms of treatment many choose to undergo. Metal braces include metal brackets and an archwire. This archwire holds the brackets in place inside the mouth, causing the teeth to straighten or become less crowded. 

As the teeth move, the archwire must be adjusted to ensure teeth continue to move in a proper manner. 

Some experts believe that traditional braces are more effective at treating extreme overcrowding as compared to other types of braces. As the archwire is constantly changed or tightened, the metal move the teeth, at times more precisely, than other forms of treatment.

Although metal braces may be a first choice, wearers should keep in mind their appearance. The metal is highly visible on the teeth and it will be immediately apparent to others that the teeth are being treated.

If your child decides to be fitted with metal braces, keep the following two tips in mind:

  1. Avoid certain foods: Some foods should not be consumed while wearing metal braces. These include chewy, hard or sticky foods such as candy or an apple. As food can easily become stuck in the braces, cutting it into smaller pieces or taking other precautions should be kept in mind.
  2. Brush and floss as necessary: After being fitted with braces, it's important to ensure flossing and brushing of the teeth are carried out properly, on a daily basis. 

Consider scheduling a consultation for your child today to learn more.