638 N. Independence Blvd.
Romeoville, IL 60446
New Patient Forms
Romeoville Dental Center Umang Patel, DDS | Nina Arora, DDS | Kara Passolt-Kung DMD
Se Habla En Español

Are Metal Braces Better?

Do you need to straighten your teeth but are unsure about how to go about it? Here, we’ll discuss metal braces and answer the question: are metal braces better?

red haired girl smiling with metal braces on her teeth

What Do Metal Braces Do?

Metal braces are great because they can fix even the most complicated teeth alignment issues. They can fix issues such as gaps between your teeth, crowding when your teeth overlap or are tipped at an angle, underbites when your lower teeth project out more than your upper teeth, overbites when your upper teeth overlap your lower teeth, overjets when your upper front teeth protrude way out over your lower teeth (also known as buck teeth), openbite when there’s a gap or opening between the front teeth when your mouth is closed, and mismatched midlines which is when the center of the upper and lower front teeth don’t line up with each other. While clear plastic aligners can straighten your teeth if you have the least severe of these issues, they can’t tackle the more complicated ones.

How Do Metal Braces Work?

Metal braces use brackets, those small squares, and thin wires to move teeth into proper alignment. The brackets are attached to your teeth and the wires connect the brackets. The wires apply slight pressure to the brackets which gently move your teeth into the correct position. You will need to get your braces adjusted every so often so that your teeth can continue to be pushed in the right direction. With aligners, the same idea is used to move your teeth, but the amount which they can move your teeth is limited compared to metal braces.

How Much Do Metal Braces Cost?

Metal braces are some of the most affordable options for teeth straightening. While the cost depends on how much work you’ll need and how complex your teeth issues are, metal braces are often cheaper than plastic aligners.

Are Metal Braces Better?

The real answer is: it depends. To find the best teeth straightening option for you, you’ll need to consult with your dentist about your alignment issues, your budget, and your lifestyle needs. Clear aligners are great for less severe alignment problems and provide more options for your lifestyle, while metal braces can help you overcome the most severe alignment issues in a more comparably affordable way.

If you are interested in determining the best teeth straightening option for you, contact us to schedule a consultation.

Contact Us