Metal Braces

Creating straight and healthy smiles

Metal braces are the most common orthodontic treatment for crowded, crooked, and misaligned teeth. Whether you have an abnormal bite due to jaw problems, an injury, or early/late tooth loss, these conditions can be corrected by your conventional “train tracks”.

Correcting a bad bite is more than just recreating your smile; it is promoting better oral health. Crowded teeth and other abnormal teeth and jaw alignment conditions can cause further oral problems such as gum diseases and tooth decay if not treated earlier.

At Micris Dental Clinic, you only get professional orthodontic services for metal braces in Dubai with outstanding quality. Our team of specialist orthodontists will make sure that you get proper care and attention, getting your desired smile at the best time achievable.

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How do metal braces work?

Traditional braces are designed to put pressure on the teeth and move them into their proper position. Small brackets are cemented to your teeth linked by an archwire. This wire is tightened by your orthodontist periodically to facilitate the alignment of your teeth and jaw, achieving the smile you’ve always wanted.

What is the process of getting metal braces in Dubai?

  • On your initial consultation in our clinic, your dentist will examine the condition of your teeth and gums. Professional cleaning or other treatments will be recommended if needed.
  • Once your teeth are cleaned and any gum/teeth problems are addressed, X-rays and photographs will be taken by your orthodontist to evaluate your teeth structure properly. If there is tight spacing in between your teeth, spacers may be placed to prepare for braces.
  • Your orthodontist will be cleaning and drying your teeth before attaching the brackets, or the small metal devices that hold the archwires on your teeth.
  • To attach the brackets, a small amount of non-toxic adhesive is placed on each tooth and cured by blue light to set it. The brackets will then be placed on each of the teeth.
  • Metal bands will then be put around your back molars to anchor the braces. Make sure you inform your orthodontist if you feel discomfort while the bands are attached.
  • Archwires are finally attached to the brackets by wrapping a small rubber band or ligature around each bracket to fix the wire in position. The wire is snipped so it doesn’t poke your gums or the back of your mouth.
  • When your braces are finally in place, your next appointment with your orthodontist will be in about 4-8 weeks. The follow-up appointment will be for the checking of your progress, adjusting your braces and changing the old bands if needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

When getting your new set of traditional metal braces, you may feel that your lips, cheeks, and tongue are sore. It may take you about 1-2 weeks to get used to your new braces. Your orthodontist will give you dental wax to relieve any discomfort.

Soreness during the first and second week of wearing traditional braces is normal. Here are some tips on how to ease the pain during your adjustment period:

  • During your first few days of wearing braces, it is advised that you eat soft foods to avoid any strain in your teeth and jaw. This includes soup, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, or any food that doesn’t require much chewing.
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers or any medication prescribed by your dentist.
  • If your orthodontist recommended an orthodontic wax to avoid mouth sores, be sure to apply it as prescribed.
  • If your lips and gums develop sores, gargling a salt and water solution (half a teaspoon of salt one cup of water) can help cure the pain.

There are certain foods that are best to be avoided when you’re wearing braces because they may pop off your brackets. Some of which are the following:

  • Caramels/Toffee
  • Chewing gum
  • Ice
  • Hard candy
  • Corn on the cob/popcorn
  • Nuts

Uneven bites begin to be apparent at the age of 6 to 12 years old, but orthodontic treatments like traditional braces are recommended between ages 10 to 14. It is always best to address teeth alignment problems at an earlier age for easier correction and you save on the cost of braces, too!

Some retainers are removable, consisting of clear plastic trays or metal retainers which you need to wear after removing your braces to keep your teeth in their new positions after the treatment. Your teeth have the tendency to shift back to their old position once the brackets and wires are removed. To prevent this, your specialist orthodontist will fit you a specific retainer and recommend how long and how often you need to wear them.

The cost of conventional metal braces in Dubai varies from case to case. Prices depend on the complexity of your orthodontic case and the length of treatment needed. On your initial consultation, your orthodontist will discuss with you the treatment cost. Commonly, metal braces cost less than its ceramic counterpart and other alternative orthodontic treatments.

Good oral hygiene is highly essential when you’re wearing braces. Brushing your teeth and braces regularly can help prevent food from getting stuck in the brackets. You can use an electric toothbrush or ask your orthodontist to recommend a special toothbrush to use. Also, make sure that you floss at least twice a day. Our specialist orthodontists will guide you on proper flossing techniques while wearing your train tracks.