Traditional metal braces have been around for decades, and they are still one of the most common treatments used. The reason for this is simple: they work! The orthodontist bonds the braces (brackets) to the teeth and they stay there. One of the concerns that many parents have with clear aligners is that their child can remove the aligners and not wear them, or worse, remove them at school, place the aligners on their lunch tray and end up in the trash. With braces, Dr. Cordes can not only straighten the teeth to improve the appearance of the smile, but he can enhance oral function as well, enabling a patient to eat, speak, and even breathe more comfortably. If your child’s dentist has recommended that they get braces, or if you’re ready to correct your own orthodontic issues, Dr. Cordes can use this reliable method to deliver stunning results, just like he has for the past 20 years.
If you need a slight refresher on braces, don’t worry – most people haven’t really thought about them since they were in elementary school!
They work using the basic principle that underlies all orthodontics—a slight pressure is applied to the teeth in order to shift them into their ideal positions. This is accomplished by placing a specially-bent wire along each row of teeth, which is held in place using metal brackets bonded to each tooth. Over the course of treatment, the wire is gradually tightened until the teeth are perfectly aligned, according to a treatment plan designed by Dr. Cordes.
Dr. Cordes can use traditional metal braces to address all of the following issues, usually at the same time:
Treatment time with braces can vary quite a bit from person to person, depending on the complexity of their alignment issues. On average, a patient should expect to be in braces for about 1-3 years. Dr. Cordes can give you a more definitive timeline when you come to see him for a consultation. By following his instructions closely during treatment, patients are often able to shave months off of the process.
Most dental insurance plans will offer coverage to offset the cost of orthodontic services, especially for children. If you have dental insurance, our team would be happy to go over your plan and let you know how we can use it to help you save. If necessary, we can even discuss further financing to ensure the monthly payments fit easily into your budget.