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Metal Braces for Los Angeles Orthodontic Patients

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Straight teeth are not simply a cosmetic matter. Crooked teeth can contribute to dental problems, including functional issues and poor oral hygiene. Properly aligned teeth can prevent the wear and tear that can result from an abnormal bite; reduce the risk of tooth decay; and encourage healthy gums. Because of the potential long-term effects of misaligned teeth, leading Los Angeles-based orthodontist Dr.Atoosa Nikaeen recommends that alignment problems be addressed as early as possible.

What Are Metal Braces?

Metal braces refer to an orthodontic appliance that can be affixed to the teeth. The system consists of high-grade stainless steel brackets and wires, which work together to move your teeth into the desired position. The small brackets are placed on the front of each individual tooth and the wires are threaded through the brackets. The wires are custom shaped for each individual patient. Over time, the tension created by the wire-threading system repositions the teeth into their ideal configuration.

The Benefits of Metal Braces

Clear aligners (Invisalign) are an excellent option for some patients, but not everybody is an ideal candidate. For some individuals–particularly those with complex issues, such as severe overcrowding–metal braces are the best straightening option. Dr. Nikaeen advises that patients consider metal braces if they have:

  • Bridgework
  • Gaps
  • Bad bites
  • Severe malocclusion (crooked or crowded teeth)

For younger patients, metal braces can mean a more colorful smile–literally. Today, patients can choose from an array of stylized colors to highlight their “smile-under-construction” in unique ways.

Metal Braces for Adults

Although Dr. Nikaeen suggests early treatment, metal braces can be worn by adults. Today’s metal braces are smaller and more comfortable than ever before. In addition, metal braces can be more efficient at fixing imperfections.

Despite the hardware improvements, many adults have reservations about wearing metal braces. In contrast to younger patients, who are more accustomed to seeing their peers with braces, adults tend to be more concerned with aesthetics. Dr. Nikaeen works closely with adult patients to design the best orthodontic care to fit their lifestyles.

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Treatment Time for Metal Braces

The treatment time will vary, depending on the anatomy of your teeth and jaw. In general, the smile-perfecting process usually lasts between 12 and 30 months. During your consultation, Dr. Nikaeen can provide a realistic timeframe for your orthodontic correction.

Your Metal Braces Consultation with Dr. Atoosa Nikaeen, Los Angeles, CA

As one of LA’s top-rated orthodontists, Dr. Nikaeen consistently achieves transformative results for her Southern California patients. During your orthodontic consultation, she will thoroughly examine your teeth and jaw and and determine the best way to improve your smile.

If you are a resident of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, including Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, contact her office today at (310) 444-1113 or send an email to schedule your free initial consultation.

Testimonials

“I am at the very end of my treatment and just recently fitted for my final set of retainers.” – Heavynn G. Los Angeles, CA

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