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Traditional Braces (Wire Braces)

Traditional braces are metal brackets bonded to the teeth. The brackets are then connected by wires, which apply pressure to the teeth to slowly move them into their proper positions. Traditional braces are the most common type of braces, and they can be customized and adjusted to meet each patient’s unique needs.

What Are Traditional Braces?

Metal braces are often referred to as “traditional” braces. Today’s metal braces are smaller and more streamlined than those available in the past. These braces are made from high-grade stainless steel and are very strong and durable. 

The brackets are placed on each tooth, and an archwire runs through the brackets. Tightening the archwire puts pressure on the teeth in order to gradually shift them into their proper positions. 

The wire is attached to each bracket using a small elastic band and tightened regularly by our orthodontist, typically once a month. For bite misalignment issues like overbites, underbites, or cross-bites, we attach larger elastic bands to the brackets. 

Traditional braces move the teeth in two phases. The first phase moves the crowns of the teeth (the visible portion above the gum line). The second phase moves the roots of the teeth. 

Orthodontic treatment with traditional braces can take one to two years depending on the patient’s particular condition. 

Traditional braces are ideal for patients of all ages who want to achieve a more beautiful smile by straightening crooked teeth, closing gaps, and fixing jaw alignment issues. They help patients eat, speak, and smile with ease. 

If you are interested in traditional braces, we can help you determine if you are a good candidate for this orthodontic treatment method.

Advantages of Traditional Braces

Many patients prefer traditional fixed braces for their orthodontic treatment because they are more affordable and treat a wider range of orthodontic issues. In fact, one of the biggest advantages of conventional braces is that they can be used to treat some of the most complicated cases of malocclusion, which may not be possible with the use of clear aligners. Metal braces are also durable as they are made from strong materials. 

Treatment with traditional metal braces is often quicker as they are more effective and provide better results in less time compared to other orthodontic appliances. 

For more information, contact our Alexandria dental office at (703) 823-2848 or 5130 Duke St, Suite 8, Alexandria, VA 22304, or our Manassas dental office at (703) 479-7654 or 8608 Centreville Rd, Manassas, VA 20110.


5130 Duke St, Suite 8, Alexandria, VA 22304

Phone: (703) 823-2848

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8608 Centreville Rd, Manassas, VA 20110

Phone: (703) 479-7654

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