Taditional Braces are made of metal. With design changes, they are available in smaller sizes to enhance comfort and esthetics. Their smooth finish is easier on the lips and gums. They are not your mother's braces! Many adults remember the big uncomfortable braces from their childhoods and the pain they experienced after "tightening" the braces. New wires and elastomers have made appointments easier and less uncomfortable.
On average, the orthodontic patient may be in braces for 6 months to 2 years. It is well worth the time since straight teeth contribute to healthy teeth and gums. A beautiful smile is priceless. It gives a boost to self-esteem, self confidence, and self image.