Traditional Braces – Houston, TX

The Tried-and-True Way to Straighten Your Teeth

Young woman smiling with traditional braces in Houston

For decades, traditional metal braces have been patients’ go-to way to straighten their teeth due to the high success rate as well as durability. While Dr. Tom Hall is happy to continue recommending this tried-and-true treatment method, he also offers others, like InBrace and lingual braces, as a more discreet alternative. To learn whether you can benefit from traditional braces in Houston, call our orthodontic office today to schedule a consultation.

Why Choose Hall Orthodontics & TMJ for Traditional Braces?

  • Passionate Orthodontist with 28+ Years of Experience
  • Effective & Discreet Lingual Braces Treatment Available
  • We Accept & Maximize Most Dental Insurance

How Do Traditional Braces Work?

Close up of smile with traditional braces

Traditional braces apply a gentle, consistent amount of pressure to the teeth to gradually shift them into their ideal alignment. Using metal brackets and an archwire, they’re able to address crowding, gaps between teeth, bite misalignment, and rotated teeth, creating a straightened and optimally functional grin. Dr. Hall will apply brackets to each tooth that will hold a wire that can be adjusted throughout your treatment until your ideal results come to fruition.

Benefits of Traditional Braces

Teenage girl with braces sitting in dental chair

Traditional braces offer a wide range of benefits that makes them a top orthodontic treatment choice for patients across all age ranges, including:

  • A solution that is easy to keep up with since they’re attached to your teeth at all times.
  • One of the most affordable orthodontic treatments, as they’re covered by most dental insurance plans.
  • The ability to choose from elastics ranging in a wide range of colors, making them great for teens.
  • Reliable treatment results and a high success rate.
  • Addresses a spectrum of orthodontic problems.

Tips for Living with Traditional Braces

Girl with braces smiling and holding toothbrush

Getting braces requires making adjustments to your day-to-day life. Here are some of our recommendations to maintain a healthy smile throughout your treatment:

  • After your braces are tightened, stick to softer foods to help avoid irritation and increased discomfort.
  • Be mindful of your chewing habits, being sure to avoid chewing on pens, fingernails, and other hard objects and foods.
  • Brush your teeth after every meal, being mindful of cleaning all of the nooks and crannies of your mouth.
  • Avoid sticky and hard foods and snacks.
  • Floss your teeth throughout the day to avoid food and plaque build-up.
  • Avoid using whitening products.
  • Wear a mouthguard while playing sports.
  • Bring an on-the-go dental kit with you so you can remain diligent about brushing and flossing, even when you’re not at home.

Traditional Braces FAQs

Braces are a well-known solution for a crooked smile, but chances are there are one or two details about the treatment process that you aren’t completely sure of. We’re always happy for the chance to help our patients learn more about their care, so let us know if you have any questions about traditional braces and what you can expect from them. In the following FAQs, we have given our answers to a number of inquiries that many orthodontic patients have on their minds.

Am I Too Old to Get Braces?  More Adults are Getting Braces!

Most people wear braces during childhood or their teenage years, but the treatment is still perfectly viable for adults. In order to qualify for traditional braces, your teeth and jawbone need to be sufficiently healthy. We can check your smile to confirm that braces are a good fit for you.

It’s important to note that adults can typically expect to wear braces longer than children. This is due to the fact that the teeth don’t move as easily once they have become firmly set in the jaw.

Luckily Dr Hall offers accelerated Orthodontic braces that allow more efficient tooth movements for all ages.  The process involves a minor out patient office surgical procedure that also accelerates tooth movement by 2X-3X.  This makes it possible to treat most adult orthodontic cases under 12 months.

Can I Get Traditional Braces on Just My Top or Bottom Teeth?

Technically, you can have traditional braces attached to just one row of teeth, but whether this is truly the best choice for your smile is another question altogether. Moving the teeth in only one arch could lead to issues with the alignment of your bite. This could make chewing more difficult, and it may even result in significant discomfort in your jaw.

Generally speaking, it’s better to get braces for both arches of teeth in order to ensure that the resulting bite is aligned as it should be. That said, there are certain situations where a single-arch treatment might be recommended.

Do Traditional Braces Hurt?

Braces are meant to help straighten your smile, and they do so by applying pressure to your teeth in order to move them toward new positions. Needless to say, this can result in some discomfort when you first begin your treatment. However, any soreness should only be temporary.

If you need help managing the discomfort associated with your braces, you can take ibuprofen or another kind of over-the-counter pain medication. Also, if any parts of your braces are irritating the inside of your mouth, you can cover the areas in question with a bit of orthodontic wax.

What Can You Not Eat with Traditional Braces?

When you’re wearing traditional braces, you need to be careful about what you eat. Refrain from consuming hard foods that might break your brackets and wires; nuts and unpopped popcorn kernels are particularly notorious examples. Other hard foods such as pizza crusts or raw vegetables can be safe to eat as long as you cut them into smaller pieces first. Additionally, it is recommended that you stay away from anything particularly sticky or chewy during the course of your orthodontic treatment.