Braces can be fixed or removable
- Fixed braces consist of brackets and bands bonded or cemented to your teeth with wires running through them to move the teeth.
- The wire is tied into the brackets usually with a coloured rubber ring. Brackets can be made of metal or tooth-coloured ceramic. Ordinary fixed braces are bonded to the front of your teeth.
- Removable braces are sometimes used when you are still growing or if you still have baby teeth left. These are not a substitute for fixed braces and will often be used as well.
- Functional removable braces are used to change jaw growth at an early stage.
Steps in Fixed Braces Treatment
New Patient ConsultationX-rays and impressions for study models of your teeth are taken. Your orthodontist will plan your treatment using these records. Very often, permanent teeth are removed when they are crowded and there is not enough space in the jaws for all of them. The extractions are done by your own dentist just before or just after the fitting of your braces.
Before you startYour orthodontist will explain the treatment plan and the braces suitable for your condition. You may also need to have extractions of some permanent teeth. Often you will have a removable appliance fitted for the upper teeth before these are done. Before fixed braces are fitted, separators (small plastic bands) are placed between your molars for a week to create spaces for the molar bands.
After your extractionsIf you need extractions to make space, these will usually be done by your own dentist before you have your fixed appliance fitted. The fixed appliance is fitted with bands cemented to back teeth and brackets are bonded to the front of your teeth.
Subsequent Visits:Adjustments are made to the braces by way of wire-changes, adding springs, elastics or other accessories. It is important to attend regularly, roughly every 6 weeks.
When treatment is completed:
How long does treatment take?
The normal period of treatment with fixed braces is 18 months to two years. You will need to make time every 6 weeks to visit your orthodontist.
How will braces affect my daily life?
Brushing with braces: With braces on, your teeth are more difficult to clean. Brushing your teeth properly after every meal will reduce the risk of decay and gum disease. It may be necessary to take your toothbrush to school. You can use disclosing tablets to check if your teeth are clean. You will need to replace your toothbrush more often as it will wear out faster.
Eating and diet restrictions: Eating hard food, sweets and sticky food may dislodge the brackets or bands and damage the wires. Avoid food and drinks with high sugar content such as sweets and soft drinks.
Pain and discomfort: It takes time to get accustomed to your braces. Initially, your cheeks and tongue may rub against the brackets and bands. Your teeth will also feel sore but you will get used to your braces in a couple of days. After each adjustment of the braces you will also feel some discomfort as your teeth start to move.
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