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Traditional Braces – Available at Schechtman Orthodontics in Jefferson Valley, NY and Purchase, NY


Braces have come a long way since they were first introduced to the public as “braces” in the early 1900s. Straightening the teeth has been a fascination and field of study for many years, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that standardized procedures and technological advances began making wearing braces a positive experience all around. So let’s lose the head gear and explore the most common type of braces: traditional or metal braces.

How Do Braces Work?

Orthodontic braces straighten and align your teeth over time using pressure. This is not a new concept; ancient Egyptians and Greeks had various different methods involving pressure to straighten teeth.

These days, we’ve advanced the technology to a point where almost anyone can get braces if they need them. Braces help straighten and align teeth, the jaw, and can even help if you have trouble eating or speaking. They can correct underbites, overbites, cross bites, and many other issues someone may have with their teeth.

Metal brackets come in silver or gold and are attached to the teeth with a strong dental adhesive. Once attached, a wire (called an archwire) of the same color is attached to the brackets using ligatures, tiny rubber bands that can be whatever colors you want them to be. These bands help keep the wiring in place and move your teeth gradually to straighten them.

Are There Downsides to Having Metal Braces?

There are a few things that commonly happen with metal braces, but none of them are severe enough to deter people from completing their treatments. Some people are more sensitive, however, and regardless of your mouth’s sensitivity, it’s good to know what can happen.

  • Sores
    Sometimes when a bracket is pressed or rubs against the inside of the lips or cheeks, the skin gets irritated and a sore can form. If your sore is caused by a bracket in your sleep, for example, you can use a type of wax to cover it when you need to and avoid getting more sores.
  • Adjustments or Tightening
    Braces need to be adjusted periodically, and oftentimes, this can be uncomfortable and leave your mouth achy and sore for several days. Soft foods are recommended during this time.
  • Avoiding Certain Foods
    During the time when you have braces, you can’t eat certain foods. Some of those foods include taffy, chewing gum, corn on the cob, and other foods that easily get stuck in teeth.
  • Decalcification
    Tooth decalcification can occur if the teeth aren’t brushed and flossed properly while you have braces. Decalcification occurs in areas where plaque was allowed to stay for long periods of time. If caught early enough, the decalcification can be reversed and tooth enamel restored.

Though some people are more prone to these types of problems than others, it’s a good idea to listen to your orthodontist and do as he or she says. They check your teeth at every appointment and can see when white spots are beginning to form, when you have sores, and quite often if you’ve eaten foods you aren’t supposed to and then were unable to get your teeth and braces completely clean afterwards.

The challenges of wearing braces are minimal compared to the results, though: a beautiful, straight smile. Braces have a tendency to force people into a healthy dental care routine that will last a lifetime. Not only will this make having braces a more pleasant experience, but it will also ensure a glorious smile after the braces are removed.

Do you need braces? We’re here to help! Give us a call today and take the first step toward a straight, beautiful smile: 914.200.1569.

Schechtman Orthodontics of Jefferson Valley NY and Purchase NY are the only orthodontic practices in Westchester and Putnam counties in New York (NY) that utilize SureSmile® technology. SureSmile® technology speeds up the braces process by as much as 35%, and provides the most precise treatment. We are also an Invisalign® provider and we offer our patients other alternatives to traditional braces. With many types of braces to choice from, we’re sure there is one that’s right for you.

Schechtman Orthodontics currently offers a complimentary Schechtman Smile Analysis. Schechtman Orthodontics is Westchester county and Putnam county’s top rated orthodontist for transforming smiles for over 25 years.

Financial considerations should not be an obstacle to obtaining your best smile with braces. We offer affordable payment plans with low monthly installments.

Book your free, no obligation Schechtman Smile Analysis today and start smiling with confidence!


At Schechtman Orthodontics, we want to ensure you are confident with your decision for not only your choice in orthodontic treatment, but also for the orthodontics office in New York you choose to start your braces and orthodontic treatment. To ensure you are completely confident in your decision, we offer a few no-obligation, no-pressure ways to get started!

  1. Find out what the most important aspects are in choosing the right orthodontist in Jefferson Valley or Purchase, NY for you or your child by reading our free report, "The Top 10 Things To Know Before Choosing Your Orthodontist."
  2. Take this assessment to see if Dr. Schechtman is the right orthodontist for you or your family!
  3. Click here to fill out the form to receive your complimentary Schechtman Smile Analysis, a $250 value!
  4. Call 914.962.9600 to speak with a Schechtman Orthodontics team member right away!
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