Thanks to modern technology and advancements in the field of orthodontics, traditional metal braces are more comfortable and affordable for patients than ever. Traditional braces use a bracket and wire system to incrementally guide teeth into the proper place in the jaw and offer a range of movement that cannot always be achieved with clear removable aligners. Our multi-specialty team at Atlas Walk Dental & Orthodontics is pleased to offer Gainesville, VA patients an array of orthodontic treatment options to serve a variety of needs.
Dr. Randa Shakashiro, our orthodontic specialist, tailors orthodontic treatment plans for each individual patient to correct a wide range of functional and aesthetic oral health concerns. Many of our patients find wearing traditional metal braces enjoyable, as bands and retainers can be customized to favorite colors or sports team color combinations to show their team spirit at sporting events. For more information on traditional braces for you or your child, schedule at a consultation at our premier Gainesville, VA practice today.
Traditional Metal Braces Reviews
"Earlier this week, Dr. Shak removed my braces as the treatment was complete! I am super excited with the results. My teeth look way better than I had hoped for! Now, I wear my big beautiful and shining smile 😊 I am all praises for AtlasWalk dental!!! Thanks to Dr. Shak, Dr. Adi, Ms. Kimberly, Dr. Sana and the staff! Dr. Shak’s incredible skills in bringing my teeth back in alignment is second to none. (I first got my braces 13 years ago, elsewhere, and did not use retainers, so my tooth went haywire and I was very concerned. I also had 2 chipped teeth and cavities.) When I first met Dr.Shak, she examined my teeth and explained me the pain points so clearly and gained my confidence 100%. I only had to be patient and co-operate with her once I started off with the braces. Every time I met her, I felt so comfortable and at ease, thanks to her knowledge, kindness, and ability to help me understand what was going on with my teeth. Over time, I could clearly see the difference. BIG thanks to Dr.Adi who fixed my chipped tooth so they look as strong and perfect like my God-given original teeth! He filled on the cavities in my tooth and all the way, was very patient and diligent. I’m so happy for his attention, care and excellent. His works are “masterpieces”. His good sense of humor and gentleness makes one relax and enjoy the experience. The results: restored beauty! Every time Dr. Sana examines the teeth, he explains the condition of the teeth with amazing clarity. Ms.Kimberley is just amazing with the way she worked on my teeth both with and without braces. She is such an expert! Atlas Walks dental staff are wonderful! The front desk folks are very friendly and helpful! My 30 minute drive each month to Atlaswalk dental was such a pleasure, because of the confidence I gained in their team work and the results that cannot be hidden 😊."- G.C. / Google / Mar 19, 2019
"There isn’t one complaint I could possibly make about this dental office. I moved to the office after having a difficult time at my former dentist. I’m so glad I made this move! Dr. Sannaa does an amazing job. On my first visit i was told i had a cavity, i have only had one cavity in my life and it had been filled 3 months prior. This new cavity was underneath the filling i had received. I was able to come back the next day to have it fixed. The hygienist Kim, is wonderful as well. She does a very thorough job cleaning my teeth and always makes recommendations on brushing and flossing. I now see Dr. Shakashiro for braces as well. I’ve had many consultations but they’ve been way out of my price range. Dr. Shakashiro quoted me a very reasonable price and the work I have received has been phenomenal. All positive thoughts from me."- B.S. / Yelp / May 02, 2018
"let me tell you why i highly recomend Atlas Walk Dental,i have been coming her for almost 3 years now and I am so satisfied with everything about this office. Dr Adi does such great work! his fillings are flawless. he tells you step by step what he is doing and takes pictures of all his work and shows you. he is such a nice dentist. Dr. Adi also did a veneer on my front tooth, and that as well looks perfect. you can’t even tell which one the veneer is. another reason why this office is so great is because of the orthodontist Dr. Shak. She did my braces and did an outstanding job. Also, Kimberlee the hygienist does an AMAZING job cleaning my teeth. I also look forward to my 6 month cleaning for her. She is so friendly and does a very very thorough job. not to mention the dental assistants Brianna and Taylor are such friendly and smart girls. The whole atmosphere is just very superb and i HIGHLY recommend it. Atlas Walk Dental is the best!!!"- M.K. / Yelp / Dec 14, 2016
"decide to get the Invisalign’s to help with my smile. Dr. Nikki Nguyen walked me through the whole process and followed through with the recommended dental plan. only took a year to complete. Dr. Nguyen is the best in the business. I would recommend her for anyone contemplating braces."- U.W. / Yelp / Sep 14, 2023
"decide to get the Invisalign's to help with my smile. Dr. Nikki Nguyen walked me through the whole process and followed through with the recommended dental plan. only took a year to complete. Dr. Nguyen is the best in the business. Very friendly and made each visit smooth and fun. I actually looked forward to my next appointment! I would recommend her for anyone contemplating braces."- U.W. / Google / Sep 15, 2023
Traditional metal braces may be an ideal treatment option for children, teens, and adults. Dr. Nguyen uses top-grade stainless steel archwires and brackets strategically positioned on the teeth to create a healthy, straight smile. Conventional braces may be recommended for patients who have crowding, spaces, jaw misalignment, protruding teeth, and underbites, overbites, and crossbites. Dr. Nguyen may also recommend traditional metal braces for patients who would benefit from orthodontic care that is completed in phases. During your treatment consultation, our skilled orthodontic specialist will determine the treatment options best-suited for your smile or your family’s needs and help you choose the method that meets your goals.
What to Expect
To help Dr. Shak create your personalized orthodontic treatment plant, our team will take a low-radiation panoramic x-ray of your teeth and jawbone along with impressions of your mouth. She may have you wear space maintainers between your back teeth for a week before your visit to help create space for the placement of bands around your molar teeth. When we are ready to place your brackets and wires, our team will clean and prep your teeth. Dr. Shak will apply a bonding agent to the front surfaces of your teeth and situate your brackets in place. Once the brackets are mounted, she will thread an archwire through them, which is held in place by small elastic ties. You will have the option of choosing the color of your elastic ties. Dr. Shak will then let you know how frequently you should schedule visits to have your wires changes and treatment progress evaluated.
Because of the brackets and wires, cleaning your teeth with a toothbrush and floss is certainly more challenging. Braces create additional places for food and plaque to collect, so proper, meticulous daily hygiene is imperative to keeping your teeth and gums healthy while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Brushing and flossing after every meal is highly recommended. Our team will demonstrate how to effectively brush and floss around the brackets and wires. We may also recommend helpful products to use while you are wearing braces. To keep your smile healthy, it is important to maintain regular cleaning and exam appointments with our team at Atlas Walk Dental & Orthodontics. Most patients wear braces for about 1 – 2 years; however, Dr. Shak will determine your treatment time based on your unique needs.
Once your treatment is complete, we will remove your brackets and wires and take new impressions for a retainer. Wearing your retainer as Dr. Shak recommends will help to maintain your orthodontic results and keep your teeth in place.
If problems with your braces arise, do not worry. Certain issues are common and can easily be addressed at home or until you can visit our office for repair. Any time you experience the following situations, please try to manage the problem in the following ways and call our office for an appointment:
Using a pair of tweezers, try to gently push the loose wire back in place. If this cannot be done, you can use fingernail clippers or small wire cutters to clip the wire behind the tooth to which it is attached. Orthodontic wax or sugarless gum can be used to cover the protruding end until you are able to visit our practice for a repair.
Sharp or Poking Wire
If you wire breaks and is poking your cheek, tongue, lips, or gums, cover the sharp end with sugarless gum or orthodontic wax.
Loose Bracket or Band
Brackets or bands that are still attached to the archwire can be left in place but should be reattached by Dr. Shak as soon as possible. You can cover any sharp or uncomfortable areas with orthodontic wax or sugarless gum.
A loose appliance can temporarily be stabilized by holding it in place with sugarless gum or orthodontic wax.
Tooth or Jaw Soreness
It is common to experience some soreness in the teeth and jaw following the initial placement of your braces and after you have your wires changed. You can rinse with warm salt water to relieve gum inflammation or take over-the-counter pain medication as necessary to minimize discomfort.
Traditional braces may be more cost-effective when compared with advanced orthodontics systems. Dr. Shak will present your treatment options and our team will review your expected treatment costs so that you can choose the option right for your oral health and budget. If you are using dental insurance, we will contact your representative and review your orthodontic coverage limits. Atlas Walk Dental & Orthodontics accepts most PPO plans and several convenient payment options, including financing through CareCredit®, to help make your family’s care affordable and within reach.
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces may be ideal for patients of any age, including adults, and can help your family achieve straight and healthier smiles. Even with all of the advancements in orthodontics, metal braces are still the ideal treatment choice for many patients. Learn more about your orthodontic treatment options from our experienced orthodontic specialist, Dr. Shak. Contact Atlas Walk Dental & Orthodontics in Gainesville, VA today to reserve your consultation.