When might I still need traditional metal braces?

While many patients considering their teeth straightening options love the idea of clear braces or trays to realign the smile, they may not realize that they might be better candidates for traditional metal braces. Metal bracket-and-wire braces are a long-term, reliable option and may be recommended by the team at Cambridge Family Dental in Cambridge, Wisconsin, to specific patients who may benefit from them.

When might I still need conventional braces?

Traditional metal braces still have a place, even though alternative options, including Six Month Smiles, have hit the market. Dr. Angela Bauer Williams may suggest metal bracket-and-wire braces:

  • For more complex orthodontic cases. While alternative options can correct alignment in many cases, some complex dental issues still require traditional braces for effective treatment.
  • For those with severe spacing or overcrowding. Metal braces are better suited for addressing severe spacing or crowding issues than other options like clear aligners or tooth-colored brackets and wires.
  • For patients who have specific cost considerations. Traditional braces are more affordable than newer alternatives, making them a reliable and affordable choice for many. In fact, some patients may be able to have their traditional braces covered in part or in full by their dental insurance plans.
  • For those who have a habit of thumb-sucking or tongue-thrusting. These habits can interfere with the effectiveness of clear aligners, but traditional braces can still effectively correct alignment issues while also addressing these habits. This is more often considered in younger patients who need orthodontic interventions.
  • For patients who prefer a more active approach to their orthodontic treatment. Some people may feel more comfortable getting braces tightened and adjusted by their orthodontist rather than self-managing their treatment like with clear aligners. This approach also allows your orthodontist to closely monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments along the way.

How do I find out if I am a good candidate for traditional metal braces or Six Month Smiles?

Both options are available at Cambridge Family Dental, but choosing the one right for you requires a consultation visit with Dr. Angela Bauer Williams and her team. The office is located at 710 Katie Court and can be reached by calling (608) 423-6784.

Dr. Angela Bauer Williams EAT Bio

Dr. Angela Bauer Williams

Dr. Angela Bauer Williams received her bachelor’s degree from Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, and her Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Constantly pursuing clinical excellence, Dr. Bauer is committed to continuing education and has studied with top clinicians in the country. She is an active member of the Dane County Dental Society, Wisconsin Dental Association, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry (holds Fellowship too), American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Seattle Study Club.

Being a dentist gives her the opportunity to combine her medical and science knowledge with her artistic skills. She loves building trust with her patients and making a difference in their smiles and lives.