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Beautiful smiling girl with retainer for teeth is resting on the outdoors .Still a very popular type of braces, traditional metal braces are brackets attached to patients’ teeth and held together with an arch wire. Your orthodontist in Grand Rapids will attach the bracket to a specific spot on your tooth in such a way that, when your treatment is complete, the arch wire will appear perfectly straight. The arch wire is attached to the brackets using tiny rubber bands called ligatures. You can choose whatever colors you want, which makes these braces fun for holidays or special events.

Braces can correct a wide variety of problems, some of which might even be causing speech impediments. Other conditions include crossbites, underbites, overbites, gaps, and overcrowding.


As you read ahead, keep in mind that each patient is different. Even though something is listed below, you personally may never experience it throughout your entire braces treatment.

  • After an adjustment, you may experience some soreness or aching in the mouth.
  • Your orthodontist will advise against eating certain foods, as they can get caught in your braces or cause one of the brackets to come off.
  • Brackets may irritate your gums when they are first put on. Your orthodontist will provide you with orthodontic wax to help this problem.
  • Brush, brush, brush your teeth! One of the most important things to remember is to brush your teeth often when having braces. There are so many more crevices for food and bacteria to hide.

At Karl Orthodontics in Grand Rapids, MI, we always provide a friendly, consultative approach to your or your child’s potential treatment. Notice that we say "potential," because you or your child may not even require braces! Let our orthodontist help you determine that in our office.


At our Grand Rapids, Michigan, orthodontic office, we strive to provide a consultative approach for every patient. We want you to fully understand your treatment options before any work has begun, so that you can be confident in your choice of treatment and your choice in our practice.

When you are ready to learn more about your or your loved one's smile transformation, schedule your 100% complimentary Karl Smile Analysis. We can’t wait to welcome you as a member of the Karl Orthodontics Family!

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

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