Fixed / Metal Braces
Metal braces are the traditional method for straightening teeth and provide a very effective solution for many orthodontic problems. They are still popular for treating children and teenagers due to their versatility and precision when aligning teeth. These fixed braces are made from metal/steel wires, small square brackets are placed on the teeth and coloured elastics are used to brighten up the braces.
- Closing gaps in between teeth
- Straighten teeth that are rotated or too high
- Improve smiles which are crooked due to overcrowding / overlapping teeth
- Overjet ( commonly referred to as overbite), where the upper front teeth project too far forward of the lower front teeth.
- Underbites, which are the opposite problem where the lower front teeth are biting too far forward in front of the upper front teeth.
- Deep Bites, where the lower front teeth close too far vertically towards the gum behind the upper front teeth.
- Open Bites, where the front teeth do not occlude or bite together at all, even when the back teeth are in contact.
- Crossbites, where some of the upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth.
The use of permanently attached brackets ensures this treatment is very precise for all tooth movements. The benefits of choosing fixed or metal braces is that these braces continuously work to straighten teeth, so from the patient’s perspective, there is no need to change/ care for aligners .
Not everyone wants to wear fixed braces or to show metal when smiling. Some find that fixed braces irritate their cheeks and that the use of wires and elastics is awkward to deal with. In addition cleaning around fixed braces does require dexterity, dedication and additional time.
The actual fitting off the braces does not hurt at all but you may experience some discomfort and even slight toothache for the first few days after they’ve been fitted. Your teeth may feel loose and tender as the teeth begin to move into their new positions. This discomfort should be easily dealt with using painkillers, some prefer to eat softer foods for a few days after fitting. Sometimes parts of the brace can rub on the inside of your lips or cheeks and may require cushioning with special orthodontic wax that we give you here in Newpark Clinic.
The exact length of treatment time can vary according to the extent of each person’s orthodontic issues. Most people will need to wear fixed or metal braces for at least a year and possibly much longer. Some people will need to wear these braces in excess of two years.
It’s important to brush after every meal and to make sure you change your toothbrush regularly. You’ll need to use interdental brushes or floss to clean in between the parts of the brace, and you may be recommended to use fluoride treatments. Going to your regular family dentist for routine check ups and cleanings is very important throughout your time in braces.