Matthew J. Olmsted, DDS MS

Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics

Specializing in

Invisalign & Braces



2205 Oak Ridge Road, Suite CC * Oak Ridge, North Carolina 27310

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Traditional Braces

Traditional Stainless Steel Braces

When it comes to orthodontic treatment, the first thing most people think about are the traditional metal braces. They are the oldest type of braces and still continue being the most effective and the most affordable. Dental insurance that covers orthodontic treatment usually only covers the traditional stainless steel braces, making them the most common type for adolescents, teens and adults to get. If you are considering braces and thinking about the traditional metal braces, here is some more information to help you make your decision.

About Traditional Braces

Traditional stainless steel braces are made up of brackets and wires. The brackets are made of metal or stainless steel and are square shaped. These fit over the teeth needing to be straightened. There are also wires or ties in between each of the brackets, which are acting as an anchor to gently pull the teeth to their designated area. Patients with braces continue visiting their orthodontist regularly to have these wires tightened and further encourage movement of the teeth. The adjustments of the wires cause some discomfort when they are first done, but this eventually goes away. There are also clear and colored rubber bands between the brackets and wire.

How They Work

The brackets of traditional braces are bonded to the teeth, where they remain until treatment is complete. For most patients, braces are worn 2-3 years, but sometimes as little as one year or as long as four years. The braces always put some type of pressure on the teeth so that eventually they move into a new position. Some patients may need to wear headgear at night as well, especially those with more severe bite or jaw issues.

What They Help With

Traditional stainless steel braces can help with just about any orthodontic problem. If the teeth are growing in crooked, misaligned, overcrowded or have spaces or gaps between them, treatment with these braces can help straighten and correct the teeth. Many people also have bite and chew problems, like an overbite, underbite or crossbite. Braces can also help with the bite issues, helping with proper chewing and fixing issues and pain with the jaw. Traditional stainless steel braces are not just important for the cosmetic benefits, but functional benefits as well.

Benefits of Traditional Braces

There are many types of orthodontic treatments, including traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, lingual braces and Invisalign. Traditional stainless steel braces are the most common type of braces due to their effectiveness and lower cost. Not only does insurance usually cover part or all of the braces, but they are less expensive than all other varieties. They are also effective with every level of orthodontic problem, including severe overbites or overcrowding. Other types of braces won’t be as helpful with these more advanced issues.

Speak to your orthodontist for a consultation if you know you need braces and are trying to decide if the traditional metal or stainless steel braces are the best option. You may find the benefits to be worth it when choosing your type of orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Olmsted  is committed to providing quality dental care to patients in Oak Ridge, Stokesdale, Colfax, Summerfield, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.  If you would like a consultation, call us at 336-441-8301.