The most common type of braces are traditional braces.  Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

How long do you have to wear braces?

Every case is unique. Some people may wear braces for a only 6 months while others may need them for over 2 years. Typically, traditionally braces will need to be worn between 18 months and 2 years. A few factors that may contribute to wearing braces for a longer period of time include dental conditions such as malocclusion, gaps, and overlapping teeth.

Are braces painful?

For the most part, braces shouldn’t be painful. When most patients their braces affixed for the first time, they may feel some soreness from the pressure being placed on the teeth. The metal brackets and wires are also known to cause mild discomfort if they poke into the mouth. Patients can use wax to keep sharp objects from protruding into their mouths. If there is severe pain, see an orthodontist immediately. Braces are meant to help you, not hurt you!

What age do people get braces?

Adolescents and teenagers between the ages 12 and 18 are popular recipients of the treatment because their adult teeth are still developing and easier to mold into shape. However, anyone can get braces! Braces can improve your confidence and dental health. They can align the teeth to prevent teeth grinding and allow people to clean their teeth better. It’s completely normal to get adult orthodontics and it can even be beneficial for people to wait until after they remove their wisdom teeth.

At Orthodontics LA, our orthodontists will create a custom treatment plan, so you can achieve the beautiful results you want. We have dental offices in Encino and Glendale, so stop by for a complimentary consultation today!