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Metal Braces Bixby Knolls, CA

As kids get their permanent teeth, they may need metal braces to align their smile. Orthodontics of Bixby Knolls can help with sturdy metal braces – along with colorful elastics – to help your child’s smile look amazing. We also offer braces for adults too!

What Are Metal Braces?

Traditional dental braces are a tried-and-true way to straighten teeth. Used safely for many, many decades, metal braces are still an extremely popular way to create a beautiful smile. Small brackets are attached to the front of the teeth, and wires connect to these brackets. By gently tightening the wires, the orthodontist can slowly guide your teeth into the correct position.

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What Are the Benefits of Traditional Metal Braces?

By straightening the teeth, traditional metal braces help to improve the look of the smile as well as the health of the mouth. Straighter teeth are easier to clean, so braces can actually help reduce gum disease in the long run. Additionally, metal braces can improve the alignment of the bite, which can make it easier to chew and to speak. This can also mitigate potential problems with TMJ disorder.

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Are Metal Braces Just for Children?

Traditional metal braces are a good option for younger children who might be prone to remove (and break or lose) Invisalign clear aligners. But adults sometimes choose braces for a variety of reasons. For certain types of misalignment issues, metal braces might be preferable. Our team at Orthodontics of Bixby Knolls will assess each individual’s situation and offer options as to the best orthodontic treatments.

Are There Alternatives to Metal Braces?

Depending on you or your child’s needs, we offer alternatives to traditional metal braces at Orthodontics of Bixby Knolls. Here are two main options:

Porcelain Ceramic Braces

Porcelain ceramic braces are sometimes called “clear braces” because they employ clear or tooth-colored brackets made of porcelain ceramic instead of metal. Porcelain ceramic braces are a great option for older kids, teens, and adults who don’t want to look like they are wearing braces.

Since many younger kids actually like to have colored elastics with their metal braces, there isn’t a great need to have them wear ceramic braces. Also, ceramic braces are a little bit more fragile, and are more prone to break, which is why they aren’t the best choice for young kids.

Invisalign Clear Aligners

A highly popular alternative to traditional metal braces, Invisalign clear aligners are another way to straighten teeth. Invisalign clear aligners are custom-molded trays made out of non-toxic plastic that fit over teeth and help gently move them into position. Invisalign clear aligners, like clear porcelain ceramic braces, are far less visible than traditional metal braces. They are better used for older children and adults because young kids might tend to remove the clear aligners and lose or break them.

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How Much Do Metal Braces Cost in Bixby Knolls?

At Orthodontics of Bixby Knolls, we work with our patients to make sure that braces are affordable and convenient. We work with major dental insurance carriers, and we also offer financing plans that can break your payments down to monthly installments. Prices typically cost a few thousand dollars, and the exact amount will depend on whether you need them just for the top row or the bottom row as well. Our front desk staff will be happy to help go over all our financing options.

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Metal Braces in Bixby Knolls, California

If your child needs metal braces in North Long Beach, contact us today at (562) 414-5203 to schedule your appointment at Orthodontics of Bixby Knolls.

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