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Fixed Metal Braces

The aim of metal braces is to straighten out crooked teeth. Metal braces are very strong and can withstand most types of treatment. They consist of very small metal brackets (attachments) that are glued to the front of your teeth. A metal wire is attached to the brackets and held by ligatures.

Traditional braces are more effective at treating extreme overcrowding than other options like clear braces or Invisalign aligners and are less expensive. They give your orthodontist the control he needs to move the teeth in small increments at a time. The main disadvantage of traditional braces is the metal mouth appearance. There are less noticeable orthodontics like Invisalign, Ceramic Fixed Braces which can offer an alternative choice for those who are conscious of their appearance, however, today’s metal braces are more visually appealing than in past years, with a range of color options for both the brackets and the elastics. Wearing these types of braces also means that you can have more advanced treatments for complex cases.

If you're unhappy with your smile, having a detailed consultation with your dentist can determine whether or not braces are needed.

Although metal braces are the fastest method of straightening out teeth, the treatment time is dependent the severity of their crooked teeth. Most dentists will give a time frame between 1-2 years, however this could be longer or shorter, dependent on the patient.

It is very important that you take the time and effort needed to keep your teeth and braces clean. This will help you avoid problems such as tooth decay, inflamed gums, and 'tooth decalcification'. Decalcification is when you lose the calcium from the surface of your teeth, and this may leave white spots on your teeth after the brace is removed. It is also important to keep having your usual dental check-ups with your regular dental team while you are having orthodontic treatment. This is to make sure that your teeth and mouth stay healthy.

Are braces right for me?

If you're unhappy with your smile, having a detailed consultation with your dentist can determine whether or not braces are needed.

How long does the treatment take?

Although metal braces are the fastest method of straightening out teeth, the treatment time is dependent the severity of their crooked teeth. Most dentists will give a time frame between 1-2 years, however this could be longer or shorter, dependent on the patient.

Looking after your brace.

It is very important that you take the time and effort needed to keep your teeth and braces clean. This will help you avoid problems such as tooth decay, inflamed gums, and 'tooth decalcification'. Decalcification is when you lose the calcium from the surface of your teeth, and this may leave white spots on your teeth after the brace is removed. It is also important to keep having your usual dental check-ups with your regular dental team while you are having orthodontic treatment. This is to make sure that your teeth and mouth stay healthy.

Frequently asked questions about Fixed Metal Braces

  • How are my braces made to fit me?

    Prior to getting your braces, you will have a consultation with your dentist. At this consultation, X-rays will be taken and molds will be made in order for your brace to be created perfectly for you. Both of these processes are pain free.

  • Do braces hurt?

    Although the process of having braces fitted doesn't hurt, you may experience an aching sensation when you first get them and when they are tightened as you go through your treatment. This doesn't usually last more than a few days and can be treated with painkillers.

  • Will I be able to speak normally?

    Sometimes when a brace is fitted, it may affect your speech and cause problems in pronouncing certain words. Lisping may also be a problem at first. But most people soon adapt and begin to speak clearly within a few days.

  • Is there anything I should avoid?

    Habits e.g. Nail biting and chewing your pen or pencil can damage or break your brace.

  • Can I play musical instruments?

    Braces may affect playing wind instruments, although with practice you should get used to it. If your brace is removable then it is best to remove it and store it safely in a brace case. Put it back in straight after you have finished playing.

  • Can I eat normally?

    Eating the wrong foods can damage or even break your brace. For the first few days, it may be better to keep to soft foods.

    Whatever type of brace you have, you should avoid sticky, chewy and sugary foods. Chewing gum is not recommended as it can stick to your brace. Avoid hard foods such as whole apples, carrots, French bread and crusty rolls. These foods could break the wires and brackets that are part of your brace.

    At first it is best to cut your food into small pieces and keep to a soft diet. Food may build up in the brackets and in between your teeth and will need careful cleaning to remove it.

    Avoid fizzy drinks, sodas, pops, carbonated drinks and natural fruit juices, as these are often high in sugar and can be acidic. This can lead to tooth decay and erosion. Fizzy drinks can also stain the brackets of your brace. If you do drink these types of drinks, don't sip the drink - use a straw instead. Water and plain milk are the safest drinks.

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