Metal Braces

At Endres Dental Care, we use traditional metal braces in cases with extreme overcrowding because they move your teeth in small increments at a time and give your dentist or orthodontist more control.

Dental Braces

All kinds of braces are dental tools that help correct problems with your teeth like crowding, crooked teeth, or misalignment. Metal braces include brackets that are attached to the front of your teeth or bands that fit around each tooth with flexible wires or archwires that hold the bands together.

Some braces also include rubber bands or metal ties that link the brackets to the wire. These bands create more pressure to help straighten and align your teeth.

It is also possible to have clear brackets and tooth-colored wires that make the braces harder to see. At your consultation, our expert doctors will explore the many options and determine if braces are the right treatment option for you.

While orthodontics can solve many tooth alignment problems, successful treatment relies on good patient compliance. In order to achieve a positive outcome, it is important to wear elastic bands consistently, keep follow-up appointment for adjustments, and practice outstanding home care. This commitment involves frequent preventive visits with your hygienist. The Endres Dental Care team in Burtonsville, MD specializes in helping our orthodontic patients through this process so you can enjoy a gorgeous, healthy smile.


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  • Do braces hurt?

    Generally, having braces is mostly painless. It is common to experience some discomfort immediately after getting braces on or after coming in for a regular brace tightening. This pain usually subsides within a few days. It is also possible for a part of the brace to poke the inside of your mouth, causing discomfort. If this is happening to you, please contact us and we will work to adjust your braces so that pain goes away.

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  • What foods can I not eat with braces?

    It’s important to avoid foods that could damage the appliances. We’ve included a list of foods to avoid below, but note that this list is not exhaustive and there are other foods you should avoid. If you are curious about other foods to avoid, reach out to us and we will be happy to help.

    • Popcorn
    • Nuts
    • Hard Candies
    • Foods that require you to bite into them, such as corn on the cob and whole apples
    • Chewing gum
    • Sticky candies, such as taffy
    • Pretzels
  • How much do braces cost?

    The cost for braces and aligners usually depends on the severity of the problem and the treatment options discussed between you and your dentist. On average, any of these solutions can range from $2,000 – $5,000 or more.

    Costs are affected by individual insurance coverage, dental office payment options, etc., making the cost unique to the individual and their treatment needs.

More Questions?

If you have more questions about metal dental braces, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.