Conventional braces are usually preferred for children and teens but some adults choose them as well. The straightforward orthodontic method makes it possible to address bite concerns in patients as young as seven years old. Correcting tooth misalignment while your child’s orofacial anatomy is still developing can help them to avoid more complex orofacial corrective needs in the future.

The stainless-steel brackets are attached to the patient’s teeth using a type of cement and these are then linked to one another using a thin wire. This then guides the teeth to move into their ideal positions. The wire is connected to each tooth bracket using o-rings or ligatures and these simply resemble tiny elastics. One of the most fun aspects of conventional metal braces is being able to choose what colour elastics you’d like each month. Some patients like to get very creative!

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Metal Braces?

Most of our traditional orthodontic patients are children and teens; however, adults make good candidates for this treatment as well. Because conventional bracket and wire systems allow us to address more serious bite issues, traditional designs are appropriate for everything from mild to more severe alignment needs.

Length of Treatment

Every patient’s smile is different from the next. During your consultation, we can provide you with a good estimate as to how long it will take to properly align your bite. Most individuals complete their treatment somewhere between 12-24 months. If the braces are for cosmetic purposes (meaning that we are only aligning the front teeth) as opposed to comprehensive, the duration is typically much shorter.

Caring for Your Braces During Treatment

Invisalign®/Clear Aligners