Traditional Braces

Many adults chose to have more traditional braces to straighten their teeth. There are several different types including metal brackets and tooth coloured or clear brackets #adultbraces

Traditional Braces

Many adults still choose to have traditional braces and irrespective of whether the brackets are metal or clear, self ligating or not, they all perform a similar job in straightening your teeth. Traditional braces tend to be more cost effective than lingual braces or aligners and may offer the orthodontist the best option for undertaking complex tooth movments particularly when elastics are required as part of the treatment plan.

Braces are comprised of three main components, the brackets that are glued to your teeth, the arch wire that connects the brackets and elastics that are used to both hold the arch wire in the bracket and to move your teeth. Clear brackets are very discreet, particularly if you already have really white teeth, but the metal arch wires and elastics are more visible which will make them more noticable as treatment progresses.

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Traditional metal brackets offer many adult patients a great option as they are readily available, easy to apply and remove, cost effective and the preferred choice of many orthodontists. You can also have different coloured elastic modules to personalise your brace (my favourite was black) and can pick a different colour at each appointment. Please give these some serious consideration as many other adults comment on their blogs that they were delighted with their decision to have metal brackets.

Features

Visibility

Clear brackets are quite discreet but the arch wire and elastics will be noticable. You can’t hide your braces if you have metal brackets but in my experience, no one takes any interest in your treatment

Fixed

You can’t remove your braces so they continue working 24/7

Effective

Traditional braces are very effective in treating a wide range of issues and offer the orthodontist a great deal of flexibility and control

Comfortable

After initially adapting to wearing them, most people describe them as comfortable to wear

Availability

Metal and clear brackets are readily available from many practices

Elastics

Even if you have self ligating brackets, you are likely to have elastics at some point in your treatment.

Speech

Traditional braces are unlikely to cause you any difficulty with speech and you will adapt to wearing them really quickly

Range of options

There are a wide range of different bracket types, your orthodontist can guide you and discuss the merits of each

Oral health

There are a lot of places for plaque to hide around the brackets, the arch wires and elastics which will make teeth cleaning more challenging

Blog posts

Why we chose metal braces

Isabelle has produced some great adult braces videos and to finish her series off, she has asked some other brace wearers to share their insights on having orthodontic treatment. In this video, she asks why they chose to have metal braces....

A braces update from Jade

In another great blog post, Jade talks about what she has learned from having braces. She talks about confidence and pride which is something many adult braces wearers can relate to. You can read her post here Her other posts can be found...

Ugly metal braces?

A while ago, I saw a tweet from one orthodontic practice who used the words 'ugly metal braces'. As a former brace wearer who chose to have metal brackets rather than other options, I took exception to this and challenged the wording used. The tweet quickly...

Can vibration speed up orthodontic treatment?

If you were to ask an adult patient what experience they wanted from orthodontic treatment, I'm sure many would answer that they wanted it completed as quickly as possible. Manufacturers or various orthodontic systems and devices are well aware of this and you will...

Staring at a straight wire

When you first get your braces, you will usually start with a very light and flexible wire. In your hands, this wire feels incredibly delicate and thin but once attached to some brackets, produces some amazing results really quickly. This first phase of your treatment...

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart

Philips very kindly sent me one of their new Sonicare DiamondClean Smart toothbrushes to review and over the last couple of months I have been using this brush and exploring all that it has to offer. In this first article, I will be explaining what you get in the box...

Looking after your team member with braces

During a catch up with a former colleague in London recently, they mentioned that two of their team members will be getting braces in the near future. We chatted about how she can best support them and on the way back to my hotel, jotted down a few notes that I hope...

Promoting lifelong retainer wear

The British Orthodontic Society have recently launched a new campaign aimed at encouraging patients to think about lifelong wearing of retainers. Using the hashtag #HoldthatSmile, the Society aims to increase awareness of the need to continue wearing retainers long...

Are braces comfortable?

In a blog post today, Prof. Kevin O'Brien reviewed a study that looked at whether Invisalign aligners were more comfortable than conventional fixed braces. This started me thinking about the whole concept of braces and comfort and can you ever be comfortable whilst...

Braces travel kit

Soon after you get fixed braces, you will quickly realise that before leaving the house, you will need to take a small supply of essential dental products with you. Over time, this kit gets more refined until you take just the minimum you need to get by on a daily...

Retention video from the British Orthodontic Society

I've often written about the importance of retention and I'm delighted to see that the British Orthodontic Society have produced an excellent video to support their new retention campaign #HoldthatSmile.  It's only a couple of minutes long and well worth watching....

It’s not what you eat

It's been a good year for apples. Our apple tree is full this year as are many of those in the orchards near our home. Sitting in the garden this afternoon after work I was thinking back to some great advice my orthodontist gave me the day I had my braces fitted, he...

Why do patients stop wearing their retainers?

Given the time and money adults invest in getting treatment and the ease of fitting retainer wear schedules into a busy life, you would think that adult patients would be incredibly compliant but is this the case?

Orthodontic technology is fascinating

I was recently invited by my orthodontist to have my teeth scanned to keep a digital record on file so that retainers can be manufactured in the future without the need to undergo more alginate impressions. This will also mean that if I lose my retainers and can't get...

Spacers

If you are getting braces or an appliance to support your orthodontic treatment such as a TPA, there is a good change you will have bands on your back teeth rather than brackets. Bands are, as they sound, thin metal bands that are cemented to your teeth to provide...

Oral hygiene and orthodontics

In her second article, Orthodontic Therapist, Sarah MacDonald, discusses the important topic of oral hygiene and orthodontics.

A braces blog update from Jade

In her second blog post, Jade has written about what she has learned from braces so far. Many of her points resonate strongly with my experiences so if you are thinking about getting braces as an adult and are not sure what to expect in the first month, her post is...

Self ligating brackets

If you are thinking about getting braces and have been doing your research you may have seen that some braces systems are 'self-ligating'. This means that the arch wire is held on with a clever mechanism in the bracket negating the need for elastic 'O' rings. There...

Better teeth for life

The British Orthodontic Society have launched a new guide 'Better Teeth for Life' which highlights the positive impact that orthodontic treatment can have on both oral health and emotional wellbeing The guide also provides practical tips on a patient’s role in...

Twitter #adultbraces

Searching on Twitter for #adultbraces reveals a fascinating insight into the world of adult orthodontics. Whilst nowhere near as many posts as #retainers, the posts generally seem to be really positive with many adults excited about the prospect of getting their teeth...

An Invisalign blog from Hayley

Following a link on Twitter, I came across another great blog, this time written by Hayley on her Invisalign treatment. Hayley has just started with Invisalign and has written two posts, the first covering her reasons for wanting to get braces as an adult and why she...

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