Strong & Reliable
Metal braces are better than ever. They’re made of a high-quality mix stainless steel, nickel and other metals, and consists of brackets, wires and ties.
We offer several different kinds of metal braces to make sure that you get the treatment that works best for you.
About Metal Braces
You may think of metal braces as bulky and uncomfortable, but they’ve come a long way.
Sleeker brackets and lighter wires improve the appearance and feel of these braces. This means you will have less irritation in your mouth.
Traditional metal braces also come with a fun new twist without any extra cost - you can customize them with pops of color. The elastics that fit around your brackets come in a wide variety of colors that let you showcase your personality whenever you want.
Braces are great at fixing complex tooth issues. They can work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other treatments might. This can potentially shorten your treatment time.
Metal braces are a cost-effective option because they don’t require some of the more complex technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments do.
The strength, durability, and affordability of traditional metal braces keep them the top treatment for orthodontic patients, year after year.
The average treatment time for traditional braces is different for everyone, but the average treatment time is 18-22 months.
With metal braces, you can see signs of improvement in just a short period of time, and that gives you confidence during the treatment process.
Besides the In-Ovation options below, we also offer Rhodium braces to give you an esthetic option.
In-Ovation R System
The In-Ovation R system is a new technologically advanced treatment option that can give you a beautiful smile much quicker than traditional braces. It’s also more comfortable.
The In-Ovation system uses self-ligating brackets with spring loaded doors, so you won’t need to deal with ties and bands. You also won’t need to have your braces tightened, making them virtually painless.
Your teeth are able to move freely without the added pressure of ties holding the archwires in place. This allows the system to work faster, while also making it easier to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
In-Ovation Is Fast & Easy
With In-Ovation you can have:
- Faster results
- Shorter appointments
- Fewer office visits
- Greater comfort
- Improved facial proportion and appearance
How Do Braces Work?
Before applying the brackets, Dr. Rhoads and our team will collect photos and X-rays of your mouth. Sometimes we will us our iTero Element scanner to scan each of your teeth and the layout of your gums and mouth. If necessary, this process takes 10-15 minutes and provides an extremely accurate 3D view of your mouth.
Once the records and optional scan are complete, the data will be used to help formulate a customized treatment plan, including how each tooth needs to be moved in order to get it in the best possible position. Dr. Rhoads will then decide how to place the brackets based on this information. For example, if you have some teeth that need to be tilted, the positioning of those brackets will be different than the positioning of brackets for teeth that need to be turned.
Once the brackets have been attached, the wire will be inserted. Bends in the wire are used to provide different types of pressure on different teeth. A bend in the wire is how most orthodontists encourage specific and precise movements.
What You Can Expect from Today’s Metal Braces
In the past, metal braces had a reputation for being a bit awkward and obvious, but modern orthodontics has produced versions that are smaller, less conspicuous, and far more comfortable than ever before! Sleeker brackets and lighter wires improve the appearance and feel of these braces, and help keep irritation in the mouth to a minimum.
Traditional metal braces also come with a fun new twist without any extra cost - you can customize them with pops of color! The elastics that fit around brackets come in a wide variety of colors, and let you showcase your personality whenever you want. Pick your favorite color combination, the colors of your favorite sports team, even your school colors! We also offer silver, gray, white, black, and tooth-colored elastics for patients seeking a more subtle look.
Braces are incredibly efficient at fixing complex tooth issues and can work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other treatments might, potentially shortening your treatment time.
They don’t require some of the more complex technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments might, often making metal braces a cost-effective option. The strength, durability, and affordability of traditional metal braces keep them the top treatment for orthodontic patients, year after year!
Bonus: because metal braces get right down to work, you’ll often be able to see some signs of progress in a relatively short period of time. It may not seem like much, but sometimes seeing even a slight improvement in your smile can give you a boost of encouragement on your orthodontic journey.
How Long You'll Be in Braces
The million dollar question! …..and the one we don’t have a concrete answer for. Sorry! Every mouth is different, and every patient responds to treatment in their own way, so treatment time with metal braces will vary on a case-by-case.
The average time spent in metal braces tends to be around 18 to 22 months, but could be shorter or longer, depending on the individual. We have patients in braces for as little as 6 months, and for complex issues, it can take over 3 years to complete the braces process.
Remember, though, that with metal braces, signs of improvement can often be seen in just a short period of time, which can help give you confidence during the treatment process.
Talk to Us About Braces
Dr. Rhoads can customize a treatment plan just for you. Find out how you can get a beautiful new smile at your free consultation.