Most traditional braces require an elastic o-shaped rubber band, called a ligature, to hold the arch wire onto the bracket. Cardinal Orthodontics uses metal tie wires (little wires twisted around the bracket) in place of elastic ligatures.
In the “old days”, metal braces were not just brackets, but bands that wrapped around the entire tooth. Modern, high-tech appliances and methods allow us to use the self-ligating type: patients wear small brackets glued to the front of each tooth which is a big improvement!
Along with the American Dental Association, we recommend orthodontic appliances to help treat malocclusion issues included crowded, crooked, protruding teeth, and misalignment of the jaw.
Depending on the structure of the teeth and jaws, treatment can vary from patient to patient. Typically, it can take anywhere from 12-15 months.
Metal braces tend to be a more affordable option than Invisalign. In addition, you can make them colorful with ligatures that come in a rainbow of colors.
Also, we offer many payment options to make braces affordable for everyone! You can find out more about the cost of metal braces, here.
Interested in metal braces as part of your orthodontic treatment? Your first exam is free at Cardinal Orthodontics in St. Louis. Contact us today!