Traditional Orthodontic Braces in Lancaster, PA

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Traditional Metal Braces Overview

With modern technologies and countless orthodontic improvements, traditional metal braces are more affordable and comfortable than ever. Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates provides a variety of orthodontic treatments to cater to the different needs of our Lancaster, PA patients. Traditional braces provide unique customizations that aren't possible with removable aligners, such as Invisalign® orthodontics. Many patients prefer metal braces because it helps them display their personality by choosing different colored elastic bands. This is especially a fun feature for young adults and teens who are going to their favorite sports games because they can show their spirit. To learn more about traditional metal braces, please schedule an appointment with our Lancaster, PA pediatric dentists.

Who is a good candidate for traditional metal braces?

Conventional metal braces work great for both adults and children. Our traditional braces are made of top-grade, stainless steel archwires and brackets that we strategically place to help your child attain a stunning smile. Patients with jaw alignment problems, gapped or crowded teeth, underbites or overbites, and protruding teeth may benefit from metal braces. We also use high-quality elastic bands that don't easily snap and that your teen can easily apply. Throughout appointments with our pediatric dentists, we will discuss the orthodontic treatment options and help you choose the method for your child's needs.

What to Expect with Metal Braces

Following the initial examination, we create an individualized treatment plan for your child's specific case. On the day of the appointment, we properly prepare and clean the teeth before placing your son or daughter's metal braces. After we have brushed the bonding agent to the teeth, we put metal mounts on each tooth. Once all the brackets are done, one of our dentists threads the archwire through them. Next, your child can then choose his or her preferred band color(s). The tiny bands keep the archwires attached to the mounts. Usually, the application process moves fairly quickly and patients often experience no discomfort. Parents and their children will need to return to Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates once a month for adjustments and progress checks.

What Happens after placing the Traditional Metal Braces?

Traditional metal braces may make flossing and cleaning more challenging for your child. That's why good oral hygiene is critical for positive orthodontic results. After placing the braces, one of our team members can instruct each patient on how to best clean their teeth and provide them with helpful tips. As a rule of thumb, we recommend brushing and flossing after each meal. Maintaining all of your appointments and regular dental cleanings can also help to give you optimal results. Normally, most patients use braces for 1 – 2 years; however, the treatment time will depend on your child's condition.

Once the treatment is over, we will remove the braces and fit your child's teeth for a retainer. A retainer keeps the teeth in their place, and we help select the ideal retainer to fit your child's needs.

Braces Emergencies

If you have a problem with your braces, do not panic. Until you schedule an appointment with our office, you might be able to address many issues temporarily on your own. These concerns don't have to cause a delay in the treatment. If you feel you can't handle your orthodontic issue, please call us.

Loose Band or Bracket
If the band or bracket is still connected to the wire, leave it where it is. If it's causing discomfort, place sugarless gum or orthodontic wax on it. Sometimes, you can remove the elastic band with tweezers so you can detach the mount from the archwire.
Loose Wire
Attempt to push the cable into place with tweezers. If that is not working, clip the wire with fingernail clippers or little cable cutters beyond the tooth that it's firmly attached to. If it's causing pain, set sugarless gum or orthodontic wax on it.
Poking Wire
Place orthodontic wax or sugarless gum on the wire.
Your child may experience soreness for many days after each office visit. Chew carefully on sugarless gum following appointments to reduce soreness. Use warm salt water rinses or take an over-the-counter pain reliever as directed.
Loose Appliance
If the appliance is sticking or poking you, set sugarless gum or orthodontic wax on it to keep it in place and call our office for additional help.

Insurance Coverage

In comparison to other orthodontic treatments, conventional metal braces are typically less costly. During the consultation, we discuss your child's treatment options and cost estimates so you can select the best method and budget. If you're using insurance, we will talk to your provider to understand your coverage and calculate your out-of-pocket expenses. Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates proudly accepts many payment methods for patients without insurance, and we can help you find low-interest medical financing.

Traditional Metal Braces

In the past several years, the orthodontics industry has made significant improvements in orthodontic and dental care for patients of all ages. However, traditional braces are still one of the most popular treatments at Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates. Please get in touch with our office in Lancaster, PA to schedule a consultation with our pediatric dentists, and learn more about conventional metal braces and other orthodontic choices.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.