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METAL BRACES

Despite the growing prominence of clear alternatives, metal braces remain the most common option. They are most often worn by children – particularly those being treated as NHS patients – but are also favoured by some adults requiring orthodontic treatment.

Aside from cost (they’re almost always going to be the cheapest option, as detailed above), here are the biggest advantages and disadvantages of metal braces:

Pros:

Strong and Durable

Given the strength of the materials involved, metal braces are highly durable and offer excellent control.

Given the strength of the materials involved, metal braces are highly durable and offer excellent control.

Less Likely to Show Discolouration

As they’re made from darker materials, metal braces are less likely to become discoloured.

This can be an issue with ceramic braces, although it can be overcome through brushing after every meal, using floss and mouthwash, and cutting out red and yellow-coloured foods like mustard and tomatoes.

Cons:

Much More Noticeable

Just as cost is the most obvious downside of ceramic braces, there’s no avoiding the aesthetic impact of metal braces – they’re just very noticeable. However, they are smaller and more comfortable than they used to be, and you’ll generally be offered a range of colour options for the bands that secure the wires to the brackets.

Harder to Clean

Given their chunkier size, metal braces make it harder for you to maintain good oral health. In extreme circumstances, or if left unchecked, this can lead to complications such as gum disease and gum recession.

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