Traditional Braces

Are Metal Braces Right For You?


People of all ages have found traditional metal braces to be incredibly rewarding for a number of reasons. Children needing braces may be suffering from tooth or jaw pain, such as TMJ. Similarly, teens and adults may be looking to correct a set of teeth causing them discomfort or embarrassment about their appearance.

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces used to correct orthodontic issues and improve overall oral health. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive than ever before — making them an ideal option for many patients.

While we know that braces can help many people, it can be challenging to determine if this is your best option. This is when you know it’s time to make an appointment with our orthodontist, Dr. McIntosh, who will evaluate your condition and recommend specific treatment options.

How Do Braces Work?

Metal braces are made from high-grade stainless steel wires, brackets and elastics that gradually move the teeth into the desired position. In general, braces are worn anywhere from 12-24 months, depending on the specific condition being treated. The initial placement of braces on the teeth is a painless process. Every 6-8 weeks, patients will come in for a quick adjustment appointment, which usually takes 15-30 minutes. Once your teeth have shifted into the correct position, braces will be removed to reveal your beautiful, brand new smile!

Benefits of Traditional Braces

There are many advantages to using metal braces. They remain a reliable method for not only straightening and correcting teeth, but they can also treat more severe conditions.

Benefits of braces include

  • Correcting severe or complex problems — other types of treatment are best suited for minor orthodontic issues
  • Customizable — kids and teens (and maybe even some adults!) will love customizing the colored bands for their braces


Traditional Braces with McIntosh Orthodontics

If you’re considering orthodontics, traditional metal braces might just be the right option for you. The only way to determine this is with an orthodontic exam. For all new patients, we offer a complimentary consultation where we will evaluate your condition and discuss treatment options, length, cost and more. We have two office locations across the Orlando area, including Winter Park and Maitland. Click here to request a free orthodontic exam.