Metal Braces

Straight, beautiful smiles are more possible than ever. At Broadlands Orthodontics & American Braces and Smile Center, Dr. Hessamfar offers patients throughout the Washing DC Metro access to traditional, metal braces. Dr. Hessamfar is available at three locations, Woodbridge, Ashburn and Arlington.
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Metal Braces Q & A

by R. (Ron) Hessamfar, DMD, MS

What are Metal Braces?

In the specialty of orthodontics, traditional braces have been a consistent, effective way to provide a patient with straighter teeth. These devices help correct overcrowding, crooked teeth, and gaps. Conventional, metal braces use archwires and brackets adhered to the teeth to gradually move teeth into place. The brackets and archwires have improved over the years and are now their most effective and comfortable. These braces are worn for approximately 18 to 36 months. They are noticeable when worn.

What Happens During an Orthodontic Consultation?

The exam and evaluation will assess a patient’s teeth and mouth to determine which type of braces should be used and the precise issues which need to be treated. Typically, mold or impressions of the person’s teeth and mouth in addition to x-rays are taken during the exam. Once the impression and images have been collected the orthodontist will give the patient a diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan. The doctor will let the person know what is recommended and the patients can ask questions about their potential treatment. Usually, for very complex alignment issues braces are strongly recommended.

When Will the Braces Be Applied?

After the images and information has been obtained and a treatment plan decided upon, the orthodontist will schedule a follow up visit with the patient where the braces will be applied. In some cases, braces can be applied at the same time as the consultation however, most times a follow-up appointment will be required. There are different types of metal braces available and some can provide a more aesthetically appealing look. To determine if these will be a good option, contact the office and schedule an orthodontic consultation with Dr. Hessamfar