Metal Braces Blackrock.

Durable and versatile, metal braces give you and your orthodontist complete control.

Despite the growing prominence of clear aligners, metal braces remain the most common option.

Traditional fixed metal braces are highly durable and offer excellent control allowing your orthodontist to move the teeth in small increments at a time.

When it comes to choosing between metal and ceramic braces, the best option will very much depend on circumstance – both in terms of the treatment required and also the cost.

How do metal braces work?

Traditional fixed braces feature metal brackets and stainless steel archwires. The brackets are attached to each tooth and controlled using the archwire, which is held in place by small elastic ligatures or clips that are built into the brackets.

We’ll change the archwire periodically over a one- to two-year treatment period to align the teeth little by little. Some braces include springs on the archwires between brackets that either push, pull, open or close gaps between the teeth.

If you’re concerned about the metal appearance of fixed braces, we also offer clear ceramic brackets. They’re more discreet and will blend in with your teeth whatever their shade.

Your orthodontic consultation.

As with all the treatments available at Shields Dental & Orthodontic Clinics, orthodontic treatment strategies are devised following a full discussion with the patient, and an in-depth analysis to determine the precise problems arising from (and the precise characteristics of) a malocclusion.

Our orthodontists in Blackrock are experts in tooth movement and have many years of expertise in administering a range of orthodontic treatments for adults, children and teenagers. Treatment will be geared towards the specific needs, and wishes, of the patient in each case. We provide children’s orthodontics and adult orthodontics at our dental practice in Blackrock.

How to make an orthodontic appointment.

Simply call us on 01 539 2866  or fill out a contact form.

Metal Braces FAQs.

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Why might I need orthodontic treatment?
Cosmetically, there may be an aspect of your smile that is causing you to conceal or inhibit it. Typical problems include crooked or crowded teeth. They may stick out or have gaps between them that you think are unsightly. A malocclusion can lead to other dental problems, including excessively worn, chipped and broken teeth, and Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD).
What is malocclusion and TMD?
Occlusion is the dental term used to describe the way the teeth meet when the jaws bite together. A malocclusion, and irregularity in the way the teeth meet, may be a symptom of—or cause of—problems with the temporomandibular joint that connects the lower jaw and the skull. The technical term referring to these problems in the jaw and the muscles in the face that control it, is Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD).
What does orthodontic treatment involve?
Orthodontic treatment begins with the orthodontist dentist undertaking an in-depth study of the mouth and jaw, using x-rays, in order to devise a strategy for moving the teeth into position. The method most often chosen is fixed braces, which will typically be adjusted and tightened every six weeks for a duration of one to two years.
Metal braces or ceramic braces?

Ceramic braces have the following advantages over metal braces:

 They are popular with adults due to their more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

  • Orthodontic patients generally find ceramic braces more comfortable to wear than metal ones as they tend to cause less irritation to gums.

 The advantages of metal braces over ceramic are as follows:

  • Treatment time tends to be shorter because they tend to be less fragile than ceramic braces.
  • Because of this, costs tend to be lower for metal braces.
  • They are less likely to discolour because they are made from stainless steel. Ceramic braces on the other hand can look discoloured with the build-up of tartar and plaque. However, brushing and flossing each day will counteract this.

 Read more about the advantages and disadvantages of metal and ceramic braces here.


How long does treatment take?
The duration of orthodontic treatment depends upon the nature of the problem, and the orthodontic appliance chosen to address it. For example, using Invisalign aligners to correct crowding of one or two teeth can take just six to 14 weeks. Traditional braces may have to be worn from 6 up to 24 months.

If you are considering orthodontic treatment, our treatment coordinators and orthodontist in Blackrock will discuss all of the various options with you, prior to embarking on treatment.

Will I need to wear a retainer?
Yes, as with any teeth straightening treatment, a retainer is necessary to maintain the new, straight position of your teeth. There are a variety of retainer options you can choose from depending on your personal preference and lifestyle.
What is the aftercare once braces are removed?
Things you can do at home to care for your teeth after braces include:

Schedule a professional exam and cleaning

After having braces, you will be well aware of how challenging it can be to keep your teeth clean. Now that they are off, it’s a good idea to schedule an exam and thorough, professional cleaning. While at the dental practice, you have the option of whitening treatment, too. This can help get rid of any stains or yellowing that may be present.

Wear your retainer

Your teeth are naturally inclined to move back to their original position. In fact, the biggest risk of this happening is within the first few weeks after you have had your braces removed. The retainer is going to keep your teeth where they are supposed to be.

Adopt a thorough oral healthcare routine at home

Braces are a big investment. Now that they are off, it’s important to follow a good daily dental routine. This can help you keep the beautiful and healthy smile you worked so hard to get. Some of the things you need to do each day include:

Brush your teeth: At least two times a day using a soft bristled brush. Also, replace your toothbrush every three or four months.
Floss once a day: By flossing every day, you can remove food particles and plaque that your toothbrush can’t reach. Be sure you are flossing each space in between your teeth.
Use mouthwash: This is optional, however, if your teeth need a bit more protection than just brushing and flossing, speak to your dentist about the right mouthwash options for your needs. This also gives you nice, fresh breath.
Clean your retainers: This needs to be a part of your daily routine. After it becomes a habit, it won’t feel so much like a chore.

What is the cost of metal braces?

Click here to see our orthodontic treatment prices. You can spread the cost of treatment over regular intervals with a finance plan.

Book a free orthodontic consultation at our Blackrock dental practice with a treatment coordinator and together we will work out a payment schedule that works for you.

Behind every smile there's a story.

The whole team at Shields Dental & Orthodontic Clinic in Blackrock take pride in providing great care to ensure that your visit is as relaxing as it can be. We want you to feel at home in our warm and friendly clinic. We offer an unrivalled end-to end service; our team will care for you from the moment we first hear your voice, until your final review.

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