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Metal Braces – San Antonio, TX

Achieve a Straight, Functional and Beautiful Smile Today!

A woman with braces smiling.

When it comes to smiles, people generally consider a straighter smile to be more attractive and associated with success. Furthermore, straight teeth are easier to clean and less likely to cause negative symptoms later in life, including enamel erosion and jaw pain. At San Pedro Smiles, you aren’t just getting any orthodontic treatment; you’re getting a fully-catered procedure that meets your needs from the moment you walk in for your first appointment to when the braces come off.

Getting started is as easy as contacting our office to schedule a consultation! Dr. Justin Gonzalez can’t wait to meet you and discuss your new smile journey!

The Bracket & Wire Orthodontic Process

A diagram of traditional metal braces.

Braces use brackets and wires to shift teeth slowly over a set period of time. A bracket is attached to each tooth and arch wires are then threaded into each of the brackets. These wires are tightened every time you come in for an orthodontic appointment, which is what cause the teeth to shift and permanently set after they’ve been adjusted. Gentle and controlled pressure is an essential part of any orthodontic process, whether it be for metal braces or any other treatment. If you have a poor bite, you may need to wear bands that wrap around brackets on the top and bottom arches for additional correction.

How Long Does Treatment Time Take?

A young woman with braces.

The treatment time for metal braces can be anywhere from 18 to 36 months, depending on the complexity of your case. For example, shifting the entire bite generally takes more time than simply removing gaps or straightening teeth. If you have gum disease, you’ll need to have it treated before the hardware is placed. If you need other preparatory procedures such as a tooth extraction, that can also influence treatment time.

Keep in mind that after the braces come off, patient compliance plays a role as well. All orthodontic patients need to wear a retainer to allow the support gum and bone tissue to fuse, therefore holding your teeth in their new position.

Am I a Candidate for Traditional Braces?

A woman wearing braces.

All patients interested in adjusting the position of their teeth should start by having a consultation with the dentist. They can help you determine which orthodontic treatment is best for you, the complexity of your case, and your payment options. If you find it difficult to use clear aligner trays or have severe jaw bone or bite issues that clear aligners cannot correct, metal braces are likely perfect for your case!

How to Get Your Child Excited for Braces

A young girl wearing braces.

Our practice is fully experienced to help young patients transition to life with metal braces. Not only will they get valuable advice on managing care at home, but they’ll get the chance to customize the look of their braces through multi-colored bands that wrap around the bracket.

Whether you’re a younger or older patient, metal braces in San Antonio have the potential to change your smile forever. Don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Gonzalez’s office today to speak with a team member and get started on your smile journey!

Traditional Braces FAQs

Frequently asked questions for your orthodontist in San Antonio.

Traditional braces are a proven solution to treat even the most complex bite and alignment issues. Although you’re excited to straighten your teeth, we know you still have several questions for your orthodontist in San Antonio before you’re ready to commit to braces. We’ll take the time to address them during your initial consultation. While you wait, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions we’re asked to help ease any apprehensions.

Does it hurt to wear braces?

You’ve probably heard braces are uncomfortable, but they aren’t as bad as you might have been led to believe. It’s true, there will be some pain after first having your braces put on your teeth and any adjustments; however, it can easily be managed with an over-the-counter pain reliever. Any tenderness or sensation of pulling will subside within a few days. If the wires or brackets cause any irritation to the inside of your lips or cheeks, apply a dental wax to your braces to create a protective barrier.

How long will I need to wear braces?

There isn’t any way to determine how long you’ll need to wear braces without first having a consultation. On average, it takes 1-3 years, but the duration varies based on several factors, such as the severity of your alignment needs. To ensure there aren’t any unnecessary delays in your treatment, it’s best to follow the plan laid out by your dentist in San Antonio, like maintaining your appointments for adjustments.

Will braces damage my teeth?

The braces system cannot damage your teeth; however, poor oral hygiene during your treatment can leave a lasting mark on your smile. You’ll still be at risk of gum disease and tooth decay, especially while wearing braces. It’s important to commit to your oral hygiene, taking the time to clean around the brackets and wires each day. It’s best to brush your teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes each session. Despite the brackets and wires, you’ll still need to floss at least once a day. In addition, consider using an ADA-approved mouthrinse to combat harmful germs in your mouth. In addition to your adjustment appointments, don’t forget to see your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.

How much do braces cost?

There isn’t a set fee for braces because the cost is based on your specific treatment plan. We’ll provide you with an estimate during your initial consultation and discuss your payment options. We offer several solutions to make paying for your new smile affordable, like third-party financing with CareCredit.

Can I use my dental insurance?

Every policy is different, but many dental plans offer some coverage for braces. We’ll work on your behalf with your insurance company to file the necessary claim forms to reduce any out-of-pocket expense. We will help lower the amount you pay to help you achieve a straight smile without breaking the bank.

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