Fixed Appliance

Fixed orthodontic appliances or fixed braces employ bonding of brackets, to the outer or inner surface of the teeth, into which the wire is installed to help control the movement of teeth.  Traditional, metal braces have evolved over the years and are now lighter and less complicated in structure. Made from stainless steel, they have locks that are attached to each tooth with a special kind of bonding cement. Locks are connected by a thin wire, which puts pressure on the teeth, thus forcing them to slowly move to the correct position. Brackets are connected to the wire with small rubber bands, which the orthodontist will change from time to time, tightening them each time in order to continue tooth movement.

Ceramic braces are better aesthetic solution. They work on the same principle as metal fixed braces, only they are made of ceramics and are therefore less visible.

 

Prior to the installation of braces, the doctor will clean your teeth with professional toothpaste to enable the braces to cling nicely to the teeth. The duration of braces placement is about 45 minutes per jaw and is painless, but can be uncomfortable because the patient has to keep his mouth open without a break or flushing during the installment.  Upon completion, some level of inconvenience in the coming days is expected as in that period of adaptation, the teeth may be over sensitive. The new braces can cause sores in the mouth until you get used to it. You can smear wax on the braces if the wire causes inconvenience in the beginning. If you get a headache, which is not a rare occurrence in the adaptation to the braces, we recommend mild analgesics. Adaptation of nutrition and oral hygiene will be necessary for the time wearing a fixed prosthesis and the dentist will give detailed instructions to be followed.