Fixed Braces
Fixed Braces

Fixed Braces

The use of braces is not a new treatment method for straightening of teeth and most other orthodontic cases. As the years pass by, innovations have been made, and different types of braces have been produced. These braces are good, and some even better for the alignment of misaligned teeth but their efficiency largely depends on whether they are fixed or removable.

We have carefully put down the information you need about fixed braces ranging from what they are, the problems they treat, their advantages and disadvantages, to the foods you should and should not eat when you have them on. 

Table of Contents

  1. Fixed Braces
  2. The step-by-step process of obtaining fixed metal braces
  3. How should you eat, drink and keep the braces clean?
  4. Contact us

Fixed Braces

Traditional orthodontics is made up of metal braces, also called fixed braces which are usually attached to the teeth to straighten them. These braces are mostly metal brackets with elastic and wire to hold them together. Though there have been a lot of innovations in orthodontics, the traditional or fixed braces are still very much in use.

This may be because these metal braces straighten the teeth in better ways than the modern braces do, thereby providing better results. These braces are offered in our dental clinic in Harley Street, London.

What are the Orthodontic Problems That Can be treated by Fixed or Metal Braces?

Fixed braces are used for the treatment of almost all orthodontic cases, including the way the teeth bite together and even issues with occlusion. They can be used to treat gappy teeth, overcrowded teeth, and to rotate incorrectly placed or protrusive teeth to the right positions.

Problems like crossbite, overbite, underbite and open bite can be corrected by metal braces.

Why should you choose Fixed Metal Braces?

There are many benefits involved in choosing metal braces. One of such is that they will be continuously working to straighten the teeth and there will be no need to worry about removing the brackets for cleaning and forgetting to wear them back.

Our dental clinic in Harley Street, London, has used this method of treatment and has recommended it as one of the most precise ways to straighten the teeth and give off a perfect smile through orthodontics.

Why Should You NOT Use Fixed Metal Braces?

Some people do not want metals to show in their mouths when they smile. Others feel the braces are uncomfortable to wear, and the use of the wires makes it even more difficult to bear. Above all these reasons, there is a general concern that cleaning the fixed metal braces takes more time and energy.

The Step-By-Step Process of Obtaining Fixed Metal Braces

At our clinic in Harley Street, London, fixed metal braces can be obtained through the following steps:

  1. The first step is to consult a dentist or orthodontist to find out if the fixed metal braces can provide the best solution to your problem.
  2. Your orthodontist will need to take some x-rays, photographs and impression of your teeth to prepare for the treatment.
  3. You may have your braces fitted during your next appointment. Before the braces get fitted, the dentist will have to clean the teeth and use a special glue to hold the brackets in the right place before proceeding to fix the elastic and wire which will help pull the teeth in place.
  4. Visiting the orthodontist is something you will have to do at regular intervals. This will be for check-ups so that the progress of the treatment can be monitored and some adjustments can be made where necessary. There will be no need to remove the braces until the treatment is completed.
  5. After the treatment is completed, the braces will be removed, and you will need to wear retainers which will prevent the teeth from going back to their previous positions.

You can visit us today to get your fixed braces.

Do Your Fixed Metal Braces Hurt?

The process of fitting the metal braces is not usually painful, but there may be some discomforts or pains which may last for a few days after the fitting. There may be a feeling that your teeth are quite loose and tender when the roots of the teeth begin to move to their new positions. Over-the-counter painkillers are usually good solutions to these discomforts though having soft diets for a few days after the fitting may also be helpful. There are times when some parts of the braces may rub on the inner part of your cheeks or lips; this may need cushioning with little pieces of orthodontic wax.

What is the duration of the Treatment?

The duration of treatment depends on the problem treated, so it varies from person to person. There are people whose condition requires them to wear the braces for a year at least; others more than a year and the rest, maybe up to three years.

How Should You Eat, Drink and Keep the Braces Clean?

To keep your braces clean, you will have to keep to the instructions given to you by your dentist. You should note that brushing after every meal and changing your toothbrush regularly is a necessity. During your visit to your dentist, it may be recommended that you use an interdental brush or floss threaders to enable you to clean in between the braces component. Fluoride treatments may also be recommended for this cleaning.

The use of disclosing tablets occasionally may be helpful for some people. This tablet helps to check if the teeth are perfectly cleaned after brushing and flossing has been done.

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