Metal Braces El Segundo CA

Metal Braces

Metal Braces El Segundo, CA

Metal braces are the traditional, tried-and-true way to correct bite misalignment. If you have crooked teeth crowded together, orthodontic treatment – like metal braces in El Segundo – can leave you with a straight, healthy smile that you can’t wait to share with the world.

What Are Metal Braces in El Segundo and How Do They Work?

Metal braces consist of three parts:

  • The brackets: A bracket is placed on the front (lip/cheek) surface of the teeth. Each bracket has an indentation in the center for the archwire and is somewhat elevated so the bands can fit around them.
  • The archwire: The archwire helps guide the teeth into their proper positions. The archwire fits into the brackets.
  • The bands: The archwire is held by a small rubber band that fits around the bracket.

Traditional metal braces work by gently applying pressure to the teeth. The archwire will push or pull against the teeth, depending on where they need to shift.

Every few weeks, you’ll visit your El Segundo orthodontist for an adjustment, during which time they’ll adjust or replace the archwire. The adjustment is based on how much your teeth have moved and how much they still need to move.

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Are Braces Painful?

You might notice some gum and tooth soreness during the first day or two after your initial appointment and after each adjustment.

If your teeth are tender, stick to soft foods (yogurt, smoothies, soup, ice cream) to avoid exacerbating your symptoms. Rinse with warm salt water to reduce inflammation. And if you’re medically cleared to do so, take some over-the-counter painkillers if necessary.

Are Braces Necessary or Cosmetic?

While correcting malocclusion is the goal of braces, the purpose is not simply cosmetic. The aesthetics are like the icing on the cake.

  • Teeth: Misaligned teeth do not allow equal force distribution when you chew, clench, or grind your teeth. Eventually, the teeth that take undue pressure will break down and crack and even break. And since crooked and crowded teeth aren’t easy to keep clean, you are at a higher risk of developing dental decay without orthodontic treatment.
  • Gums: If you can’t clean your teeth well, you can end up with periodontal disease – the leading cause of tooth loss.
  • Jaw joint: Jaw and/or tooth misalignment can result in a painful condition called temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. The disorder can cause chronic headaches and migraines, facial pain, and difficulty chewing and opening your mouth. You might even think you have earaches, but this disorder is actually causing the pain.

How Much Does Orthodontic Treatment in El Segundo Cost?

Metal braces in El Segundo can range in price depending on several factors:

  • The severity of your case
  • How long you need to be in braces
  • Whether you need additional treatment (palatal expanders, headgear)

Will Insurance Cover Metal Braces?

Some dental insurance companies will pay for a portion of the cost of traditional braces in El Segundo – as long as the patient is under 18 years of age.

If your insurance doesn’t cover orthodontic treatment at all or if you’re an adult seeking treatment, our team is happy to discuss payment and financing options with you.

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Are You a Good Candidate for Orthodontic Treatment?

If you have any of the following issues, you might be a good candidate for metal braces in El Segundo.

Investing in braces can promote good oral health and make home care easier. If you’re interested in a straighter, healthier smile, contact your orthodontic team today!

Get The Smile of Your Dreams With Metal Braces in El Segundo

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