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Metal Braces: Pros And Cons

The most common type of braces is metal braces. These are made up of stainless steel, and the rubber bands hold the wires.

The metal wires have developed over time and are now come in smaller shapes and promise comfort. In addition, the new-gen metal Braces are having heat-activated archwires, which ease down and fastens the process of tooth set.

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How It Works

Braces are put on for a longer period. It works by exerting constant pressure on teeth during this period and causes our jaw to conform to this alignment.

Just below the Gums of our teeth, a membrane roots the teeth to the jaw. This membrane helps in positioning the teeth. So when braces are put under pressure, the membrane responsible for positioning the teeth provides a gradual movement to the teeth under pressure, and thus, teeth get aligned according to the braces.

The whole process might look painful, but it isn’t. Initially, when the braces are installed, it can cause soreness and discomfort for few days, but once you get used to it, you would no longer even feel its existence inside your mouth.

Types Of Braces

Although there are many options available out there, it is in popular use. It is because of its cost-effectiveness and people’s less knowledge of other alternatives. 

Yes, there are other alternatives, and you don’t have to stick with the old conventional way of fixing the teeth. 

Even the metal Braces can be customized according to your personal preferences. The O-rings come in many colors. Ask your orthodontist for your favorite color.

Let’s See The Other Types Of Braces Available

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are almost the same as metal braces. They only differ in their position of placement.

These look-alike metal braces adhere on the inside, so no need to hide your braces anymore. The problem with these braces is they can give you a hard time while cleaning and maintaining oral health. Also, being on the inside can cause great discomfort at the initial stage, so it is not recommended for complex dental problems.

Needless to mention that it is a little pricey than regular metal braces.

Fast Braces

Fast braces or accelerated braces are just like traditional metal braces designed to provide corrective measures within a shorter time frame.

It uses subsonic wave and oral phototherapy to fasten the alignment of the teeth in its gum tissue.

The timeframe is required to set up is almost half of that requires in metal braces.

Ceramic Braces

Many kids hate traditional metal braces, and their hate is justified because metal braces ruin their personality. In addition, they are often subjected to bullying by classmates, and it retards their psychological growth and development. Ceramic braces are a savior as they are made up of translucent material, making them less noticeable. However, the cost is relatively higher than the regular metal braces. 

Ceramic braces fasten the process of fixing the teeth along with the satisfaction of your kid. So the cost is worth it. 


The Invisalign is an advanced form of brace which is more invisible than ceramic braces or metal braces. It comes with aligners that are mouth guard-like templates. The Invisalign is set by computer simulation, so it cannot be used for very serious dental problems. However, using computer simulation makes it very useful to moderate, and thus it can be removed every two weeks. It works for adults and teenagers.

The main advantage of Invisalign is you are free to eat and drink. Also, no more noticeable big metal braces.

It can be a little more expensive than metal or ceramic braces, so it is less likely to be chosen than conventional methods.

Damon System

If metal braces give you nightmares, this is the system you chose for your teeth. No O-rings, no metal brackets, no wires, the Damon system-self ligating braces are not based on the system of metal braces. Instead, a sliding mechanism is used.

 So your teeth are free to move while being forced into the right place, and you get your teeth set right without even compromising anything.

Although it is expensive than metal braces, they are relatively easier to clean and are less painful.


Pros And Cons Of Metal Braces Over Others

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Metal Braces are the most commonly chosen option, as it is more cost-effective than other alternatives. In addition, it is worn by both Kids and Adults. 

The options available are too overwhelming. so to choose one, we might need to compare them, and the best easy to do is to make a list of pros and cons of metal Braces, and then decide which way to go.


The Durability

The metal Braces last longer without getting washed away. Also, there is no fear of wear and tear as these are made up of metals, unlike ceramic.


The metals are strong, and there is no fear of tearing down with use. So metal Braces being made of metals offer unbreakable strength and control.

No Discoloration

Metals used in orthodontics are not corrosive and thus do not lose color and make you uncomfortable.


Being conventional, It’s cheaper than any other option available out there 

Easier To Handle

Metal braces are easier to handle because once fixed, only an expert can change them or remove them. So the braces would not have to bear the wrath of kids’ tantrums. 


Metal Mouth

Initially, it causes discomfort while eating and gives every food a metallic taste. In addition, the metal mouth can take away the enthusiasm of eating from your child.


Between metal and ceramic braces, metal braces catch attention very easily because of their appearance. it can’t be camouflaged amongst the teeth like ceramic braces. However, with time new metal Braces came into the much smaller market, and its O-rings come in colors. So ask your doctor she can make it less noticeable.


Due to their chunkier size and messy brackets and wires, metal braces are more likely to hold food particles. The food particles, if not cleaned regularly, can cause major gum disease and other buccal infections. So one must clean it regularly to prevent more problems.


Metal Braces being made of metals causes discomfort initially. However, the uneasiness goes away with time. 

In Adults

Adults who seek orthodontic treatment do not generally choose to wear braces, given the looks associated with it. Also, the bones are no more flexible, and metal braces world be very uncomfortable. So go for other relatively easier and faster techniques like Invisalign and Damon system.

Why need braces

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To Align The Wildly Growing Teeth In Young

In kids, braces are a way to hold the wildly growing teeth and give space to other growing teeth. Kids facing alignment issues can have major dental issues in the future, so the metal braces are a savior for any such future issues.

Correct The Dental Issues

Often there are issues of masticating or grinding due to misalignment of teeth. Braces help correct the alignment and prevent it from progressing any further.

Correct Overbites And Underbites

Our teeth work effectively only when they are set right in pairs, and only being in a pair can help in grinding and cutting the food. So the alignment is needed to make it work rightly.

Beautiful Smile

When the pairs are set right, it produces a beautiful smile and adds up the beauty. Many adults in their late 20s seek orthodontist treatment for this.

Oral Health

Tooth set not rightly invite bacterial and fungal infection. such misaligned teeth stuck food particles inside it and later caused cavities and other infections.

How To Keep Your Metal Braces Clean

It’s highly recommended to keep the metal braces clean and maintain oral hygiene. Keep your mouth free from diseases and infection. 

Tips to keep it clean

  • Avoid food like hard nuts, tough meat, Popcorn, sticky candies, fibrous vegetables, corn chips, peanut butter, etc.
  • Use Brush and floss after every meal to take out food debris stuck inside the braces.
  • Use a soft yet effective brush to clean out. Rinse before going for brushing.
  • Try brushing after every meal, or if not possible, brush at least two times a day.
  • Use mouthwash only on your orthodontist’s recommendations, as the products available on the market can discolor the metal braces or other supportive parts of it.
  • Choose your toothpaste wisely, as many come with abrasive materials that can corrode the metal braces and take away Their luster.

Choose Right

When removed, the metal braces are recommended to use a retainer to hold the teeth for some time. 

Some adults also seek to give a good structure to their teeth and get a beautiful smile, but they fear the metal braces look. There is no need to worry as multiple treatment options are available now, which are easier and saves you from the embarrassment of metal braces look and give you a beautiful smile you deserved without asking for any compromise. So leave out metal braces and choose among Damon system, ceramic braces, or Invisalign.

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