Traditional metal Braces

If you opt for metal braces, it is important to remember to pay close attention to your oral hygiene by brushing and flossing often. This will ensure your teeth stay strong and beautiful during treatment, and beyond. Dr. Polan and his staff will discuss proper brushing and flossing technique with you when you begin, and are always happy to answer all of your questions.

Braces have come a long way in recent years. Today’s traditional metal braces are sleeker, more comfortable and more efficient than ever.

At Tuckahoe Family Orthodontics, we utilize sleek, low-profile brackets that offer a more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing way to straighten your smile, without compromising on effectiveness.

Braces work by applying a continuous and gentle force to the teeth, controlling how the teeth are slowly guided into their correct positions. If you have an abnormal bite, or malocclusion, braces are often necessary to correct the bite, and reduce the risk of damage from occurring.

When you picture someone in braces, chances are a teen in metal braces comes to mind. There’s a reason for that – while other braces technologies are great, metal braces are often the most reliable way to perfect a smile. They give the orthodontist great control in moving teeth in just the right increments to ensure a beautiful and long lasting end result.

It’s also important to avoid any foods that aren’t braces friendly. That means, while you’re in treatment, you’ll have to say no to sticky, crunchy and chewy foods that might damage your braces. If you have a question about whether a food can be eaten while in braces, just ask our office and we’ll be happy to help.

The amount of time you’ll be in braces depends on a few things. The more complex your situation, the longer your treatment will take. Different people also respond differently to treatment, and different teeth move at different speeds, so you can never compare your treatment length with someone else’s. Finally, your treatment time also depends on you. It’s important that you follow all care instructions, and maintain all appointments as scheduled to stay on track.

Orthodontic treatment typically takes between one and three years, depending on how complex your issue is and how well your mouth responds to treatment. Dr. Polan and his team will always keep you up-to-date on your progress, and don’t be afraid to ask questions during treatment.