BY TS ORTHODONTICS … Asheville, NC’s Favorite Family Orthodontist

Since ancient times, people have been fascinated with straightening their teeth. Though braces were first introduced in the 1900s, standardized procedures and technology began making braces a more pleasant experience as of the 1970s. I’m sure you’ve heard horror stories or seen the headgear kids used to have to wear that gave braces a bad rap. Well, those days are gone and braces are way more comfortable now!

How Do Metal Braces Work?

Orthodontic braces use pressure and time to straighten your teeth. Fun fact: ancient Egyptians used the pressure method to straighten the teeth of their dead, so this is not a new concept (although I’m not sure why they felt it was more important to look fantastic dead than alive).

Ancient times are long gone, so today we have ways of straightening the teeth that work for just about everyone. Braces can help to correct under bites, overbites, and cross bites, as well as many other tooth alignment issues. They can even help correct speech issues and sometimes jaw problems. Very cool!

But how do metal braces actually work?

Metal brackets are attached to very specific spots on each tooth so that when they’re connected with the archwire, the wire appears to go straight across once the teeth are fully straightened. You can get brackets and archwire in traditional silver or in gold. When the archwire is attached the brackets, a tiny, colorful rubber band is put around the bracket to hold the archwire in place. Best of all? You can customize those colorful rubber bands!

Downsides to Getting Metal Braces

Obviously if you’re getting metal braces put in your mouth, there will be a period of adjustment as well as some things that could happen as side-effects. Fortunately, these side-effects aren’t severe and if you don’t have a sensitive mouth or gums, you should be just fine. Regardless, it’s good to know what you’re dealing with if something does happen.

  • Decalcification
    Tooth decalcification can occur if someone with metal braces doesn’t brush and/or floss properly. Decalcification is basically the very beginning of a cavity and appears white.
  • Sores
    Sometimes when a bracket rubs against the inside of the mouth, the skin gets irritated and forms a sore. If your sore was caused by a bracket while you slept, for example, you can use orthodontic wax to cover it when you need to and avoid getting more sores.
  • Certain Foods
    While you have metal braces, you can’t eat certain foods including taffy, gum, corn on the cob, and other foods that get stuck in the brackets easily.
  • Adjustments or Tightening
    Metal braces need to be tightened periodically, and this can be uncomfortable and leave your mouth sore for 2-4 days. Soft foods are recommended during this time.

No matter what, it’s a good idea to listen to your Asheville orthodontist. They check your teeth at every appointment and could catch a problem early.

The challenges of wearing metal braces are well worth the results: a straight-toothed, gorgeous smile! Braces have a tendency to help people develop healthier oral hygiene habits. This ensures that their smile is at its absolute best after their braces are removed.

Are you ready to get your free smile analysis at our Asheville orthodontic office? We offer same-day appointments and minimal wait times. Call our Asheville NC orthodontic office a call for your future smile today: 828.254.4602.

This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our practice would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.


At TS Orthodontics in Asheville NC, we take great pride in providing you the best treatment options by having the most advanced technology available. With TS Orthodontics you can enjoy treatment times up to 29% faster than with traditional metal braces. We provide so many options from Invisalign® to SureSmile to even braces placed behind your teeth. During a 100% no-obligation and 100% free TS Orthodontics Smile Analysis we will assess yours or your child’s unique mouth.

TS Orthodontics in Asheville NC understands the importance of making braces affordable. That is why we offer affordable payment plans for braces with 0% down!

When you are ready, click here to schedule your TS Orthodontics Smile Analysis which includes a comprehensive exam, personalized consultation, x-rays, and even 3-d computer modeling ($249 value, yours free).