Fixed braces are brackets and metal wires placed on the teeth to correct improper alignment. This achieves a proper bite and an aesthetically pleasing appearance of all teeth.

The advantage of fixed braces over removable ones is that they work on the teeth 24 hours a day, leading to quicker and more efficient results.

How Do Fixed Braces Work?

Fixed braces consist of metal brackets and wires that connect them. The correction works by positioning the brackets and adjusting the wire thickness to move the teeth into the desired position.

Types of Fixed Braces

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The tooth correction therapy can be performed using both metal and ceramic fixed appliances. Additionally, fixed orthodontic treatment can be combined with aligners.

The type of fixed orthodontic appliance depends on the patient’s preferences and the specific tooth alignment. Together with our orthodontic specialist, we decide on the best type of brace for you, and the entire therapy is carried out accordingly.

Metal braces can be either ligating or self-ligating. These two types of brackets look similar but differ in the system of attaching the bracket to the wire. Self-ligating brackets are simpler and faster to work with, reducing the time needed for monthly adjustments.

Ceramic brackets are tooth-colored and are placed only on the front teeth. Even with these braces, metal brackets are used for the side teeth. Their use is not possible in all cases requiring fixed braces, as they have less force than metal brackets.

Preparation and Wearing of Fixed Braces

At Dr. Bede’s Dental Clinic, teeth correction with braces involves the process of tooth preparation, wearing the braces, and post-brace care.

The preparation includes all necessary dental treatments, such as teeth cleaning, fillings, replacing inadequate fillings, and extracting wisdom teeth if needed.

Then, a dental scan and impressions are taken for analysis and therapy planning.

Wearing fixed braces requires two things from the patient: good oral hygiene and regular monthly check-ups.

Maintenance of Teeth with Fixed Braces

The hygiene of teeth and fixed braces is a crucial part of the therapy. The braces are maintained with regular and interdental brushes, and if necessary, with a water flosser. Additionally, professional teeth cleaning and polishing should be done every few months by a dentist.

A diet with Fixed Braces

Regarding diet, while wearing fixed braces, there are specific rules. For the first 4-5 days after placement, you should eat only soft foods to get used to chewing with the braces.

After this adjustment period, you can eat almost all foods, but avoid biting and tearing hard foods directly. Instead, eat them in smaller, cut pieces. Nuts and sticky foods (e.g., gummy candies, and chewing gum) are not recommended.

What Happens After Removing Fixed Braces?

After the teeth correction is completed, retainers or transparent aligners are made for wearing during sleep to maintain the achieved results. In some cases, a retention wire can be bonded to the inner side of the teeth instead of aligners, serving the same purpose.

Cost of Fixed Braces

The cost of the entire teeth correction therapy depends on the type of braces or brackets used. The price covers the entire therapy and all check-ups, regardless of the duration of wearing the braces.

Every therapy requires monthly check-ups, so payment can be made in installments. To find out which type of braces is best for you, schedule a free examination and consultation at 021 / 547 555.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is wearing fixed braces recommended?

It is recommended in cases of improper bite or when tooth alignment negatively affects aesthetics.

Who can wear fixed braces?

Both young and old individuals who want to correct their teeth and improve their appearance and longevity. Fixed braces are placed only on permanent teeth, so they are not used for children with baby teeth.

Possible complications with fixed braces

Possible complications are generally related to tooth health, such as cavities, which result from inadequate hygiene. If the patient is not willing to maintain thorough oral hygiene, tooth decay or gum inflammation can easily occur.

How long are fixed braces worn?

The duration of wearing fixed braces depends on several factors:

  • The severity of the anomaly is being corrected.
  • The patient’s age.
  • Whether the patient attends regular check-ups.

All these factors together affect the therapy duration, and it is often not possible to predict the exact number of months. Dr. Bede’s Clinic is at your disposal for any questions and concerns.