Metal Braces in Pflugerville, TX

Metal braces are likely the most recognizable orthodontic treatment. They have been around for a long time and have a long history of successful treatment. From straightening your teeth to helping you achieve a healthy bite, metal braces can easily pave the path to a beautiful smile. Contact us to schedule a consultation for metal braces in Pflugerville, TX, to find out if metal braces are right for you!

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How do braces work?

There are several types of braces available, but all work towards the same goal of correcting the alignment of your teeth. Metal braces are made of brackets, archwires, and optional elastic bands. These pieces work together by applying gentle pressure to gradually shift teeth into their desired positions.

Our office uses mini brackets, which are smaller than traditional braces, less noticeable to others, and more comfortable for patients. Patients with metal braces need to visit our office periodically so that our team can assess their orthodontic progress and make any necessary adjustments.

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Do braces hurt?

When you first get teeth braces, you may notice that your mouth and teeth may feel tender, sore, and uncomfortable. However, these effects are usually manageable and subside within a few days. It is also not uncommon for your lips and cheeks to become irritated as they become used to the feeling of the metal wires and brackets. Orthodontic wax and soft foods can help alleviate any discomfort caused by tenderness, poking, or rubbing as you adjust.

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How long do braces take?

Every orthodontic treatment is dependent on the individual case. On average, orthodontic treatment can last between one to three years. The factors that impact treatment duration include the severity of the misalignment, which types of braces is used, and the patient’s age. Regular orthodontic visits are essential to monitor progress and receive adjustments accordingly. At Pearls Orthodontics, Dr. Ortiz will go over your treatment timeline during your consultation so you know what to expect as you progress.

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Short Term Braces

Forgot to wear your retainer for several months? Broke your retainer and never got a replacement? If so, and you’ve noticed a shift in your smile, there is no need for alarm. You may be a candidate for short term braces! Most individuals who have already had braces are good candidates for short term braces. Short term braces are used exclusively to realign teeth in a short period of time. At Pearls Orthodontics, we can assess the severity of your misalignment and see if short term braces are right for you.