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Traditional Metal Braces in Bathgate

Offer reliable results for your orthodontic issues

Durable and Effective

Metal braces provide reliable results for a variety of orthodontic issues.

Metal Braces in Bathgate, West Lothian at Iriston House Dental Practice

What are metal braces?

Structure and Composition

Metal braces are a traditional and widely used orthodontic treatment designed to straighten teeth and correct bite issues. Here are the structure and components of metal braces:

  • Brackets: Made from high-grade stainless steel, the brackets are small metal squares bonded to the front surface of each tooth. These brackets serve as anchors for the braces.
  • Archwires: A thin metal wire runs through the brackets, connecting them and applying gentle pressure to move the teeth into their correct positions. The archwire is periodically adjusted by an orthodontist to guide the teeth throughout the treatment.
  • Elastic Bands: Small rubber bands, also known as ligatures, secure the archwire to the brackets. These bands can be clear or coloured, allowing for some customisation.
  • Molar Bands: In some cases, metal bands are placed around the molars to provide additional support and anchorage for the braces.
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What's so good about it?

The Benefits


Highly Effective

Metal braces are known for their effectiveness in correcting a wide range of orthodontic issues. They can address complex cases involving severe misalignment, overcrowding, and bite problems, ensuring comprehensive treatment.

Durable and Strong

Made from high-quality stainless steel, metal braces are exceptionally durable and strong. They can withstand the forces required to move teeth into their correct positions without breaking or bending, providing consistent results throughout the treatment.


Metal braces are often more affordable than other orthodontic options, such as clear braces or aligners. Their cost-effectiveness makes them accessible to a broader range of patients, offering an economical solution for achieving a perfect smile.

Consistent Results

With metal braces, the treatment outcomes are highly predictable. Our orthodontists have extensive experience and knowledge in using metal braces, allowing them to deliver reliable and consistent results, regardless of the complexity of the case.

Suitable for All Ages

Metal braces are suitable for both children and adults. They can effectively treat orthodontic issues at any age, making them a versatile option for anyone looking to improve their dental alignment and oral health.


Today’s metal braces can be customised with colourful elastic bands. This feature is particularly appealing to younger patients who can choose their favourite colours, making the braces-wearing experience more enjoyable and personalised.

Shorter Treatment Time

Metal braces often achieve desired results in a shorter period compared to other orthodontic treatments. Their efficiency in moving teeth can reduce the overall duration of the treatment, helping patients achieve their perfect smile faster.

No Need for Daily Removal & Reinsertion

Unlike removable aligners, metal braces are fixed appliances that do not rely on patient compliance for effectiveness. Once placed by our orthodontist, they work continuously without the need for daily removal or reinsertion.

Versatile Treatment

Metal braces can be used to correct a variety of orthodontic problems, from simple spacing issues to complex structural adjustments. Their versatility makes them a reliable choice for achieving optimal dental alignment in a wide range of cases.

How Is It Done?

Step-by-Step Process

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The initial consultation is an essential part of your orthodontic journey, allowing our orthodontist to tailor a treatment plan to meet your specific needs and goals. During the initial consultation at Iriston House Dental Practice, our orthodontist will assess your specific needs and determine the right option for you. Here’s what you can expect during this appointment:

Discussion of Goals
Medical and Dental History
Oral Examination
Imaging and Scans
Treatment Recommendations
Preview of Treatment Plan
Cost Estimate and Payment Options
Asking Questions about the Treatment
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Why Choose Us for Traditional Metal Braces

Choose Iriston House Dental Practice for traditional metal braces and embark on a journey towards a straighter, healthier smile. Our experienced orthodontic team utilises state-of-the-art techniques to craft customised treatment plans tailored to your unique needs. With metal braces, you can expect reliable and effective teeth alignment, addressing even the most complex orthodontic issues. Trust in our expertise, compassionate care, and commitment to excellence as we guide you towards a confident and radiant smile.

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Common Questions

Questions? We've got Answers

How do metal braces work?

Metal braces work by exerting constant pressure on the teeth, gradually shifting them into alignment over time. The brackets are bonded to the teeth, and the wires are adjusted periodically to guide the teeth into their desired positions.

Are metal braces painful?

While metal braces may cause some discomfort initially and after adjustments, it is usually mild and temporary. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help alleviate any discomfort. Our orthodontist can also provide tips for managing discomfort during treatment.

How long do I need to wear metal braces?

On average, treatment with metal braces can take anywhere from 18 to 36 months. The actual duration of metal braces treatment varies depending on the complexity of your case and your specific treatment goals. Our orthodontist at Iriston House Dental Practice will provide a personalised treatment plan with an estimated timeline.

Can metal braces correct overbite?

Yes, metal braces can effectively correct overbites. Metal braces consist of metal brackets bonded to the teeth, connected by wires and elastic bands. They exert gentle pressure on the teeth, gradually guiding them into proper alignment. This process can effectively address overbites by gradually repositioning the teeth and jaw to achieve the desired bite alignment. Metal braces offer precise control over tooth movement and can accommodate even severe overbites, making them a reliable option for correcting this orthodontic issue. It’s essential to consult with our orthodontist to determine the most suitable treatment plan for addressing an overbite and achieving optimal results.

Do metal braces affect speech?

Metal braces may temporarily affect speech as your mouth adjusts to the presence of the brackets and wires. You may experience slight changes in pronunciation or speech patterns, but these typically improve as you become accustomed to wearing braces.

Can I eat normally with metal braces?

While you can eat most foods with metal braces, it’s important to avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods that can damage the brackets or wires. Cutting food into smaller pieces and avoiding certain foods can help prevent damage to your braces.

How do I clean metal braces?

Proper oral hygiene is essential when wearing metal braces to prevent plaque build-up and tooth decay. Brush your teeth and braces thoroughly after each meal, and use floss or interdental brushes to clean between the brackets and wires.

Can I play sports with metal braces?

Yes, you can play sports with metal braces, but it’s important to wear a mouthguard to protect your braces and teeth from injuries. Our orthodontist can provide a custom-fitted mouthguard or recommend suitable options for sports activities.

Do metal braces stain teeth?

Metal braces themselves do not stain teeth, but they can make it more challenging to clean your teeth thoroughly. Without proper oral hygiene, plaque build-up around the brackets can lead to tooth discolouration. Regular brushing and flossing can help prevent staining while wearing metal braces.

Are metal braces suitable for adults?

Yes, metal braces are suitable for adults of all ages who need orthodontic treatment. While some adults may prefer more discreet options, metal braces remain a reliable and effective choice for straightening teeth and correcting bite issues.

How often do I need to visit the orthodontist with metal braces?

Patients with metal braces typically need to visit our orthodontist every 4 to 6 weeks for adjustments. These appointments allow the orthodontist to monitor your progress, make any necessary adjustments to your braces, and ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.

Are there any risks associated with metal braces?

While metal braces are generally safe and effective, there are some risks associated with treatment, such as tooth decay, gum disease, and demineralisation. However, these risks can be minimised with proper oral hygiene and regular visits to our orthodontist for monitoring and adjustments.

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