Fixed braces with aesthetic brackets in London

Many people dream of an attractive, straight set of teeth. The tried and tested option to correct misaligned teeth, fixed braces, remains the standard treatment, even for adults. New models with self-amalgamating ceramic brackets meet the discerning aesthetic standards our patients often place great value on. We look forward to welcoming you to our dental clinic in London to provide you with more information on this treatment option.

Who benefits from fixed braces?

Fixed braces are primarily used to correct distinct tooth and jaw misalignments. They can also be used to correct smaller defects. As a rule, all desired tooth realignments can be realised with one, fixed instrument. At the end of the treatment you can delight in a beautiful, straight set of teeth.

Most adults who are interested in braces are looking to improve the overall appearance of their teeth. However, in some cases, misaligned teeth might also lead to health complications, which need to be remedied. Displaced teeth can be overstrained or hard to clean. This increases the risk of tooth diseases.

Healthy teeth, free from decay and periodontitis, are a prerequisite for treatments with braces. Moreover, we advise you to refrain from smoking because it increases the risk of bone shinkage.

What’s special about ceramic brackets?

Fixed braces consist of small plates (brackets) that are adhered onto each tooth, and subsequently connected by a wire. This results in a pressure that moves the teeth in the desired direction.

Brackets are often made of cost effective metal, however this makes your braces conspicuous. Transparent ceramic brackets, which are far less noticeable, are a moden alternative. They do not discolour and continue to look like new, even after longer wear, enablng a carefree smile even during treatment.

What to expect during treatment 

We start the treatment by taking photographs, X-rays, and impressions. These allow us to paint a precise picture of your dental situation. After an in depth analysis of your teeth, we diagnose the issue and draft a tailored treatment and cost plan, which we then discuss with you in detail. If only individual teeth are misaligned, it usually suffices to apply the fixed braces to partial areas.

At the next appointment, we gently fit the brackets, arches, and wires, which takes around two hours. When applying the braces, mineral loss of the enamel surfaces occurs, which unfortunately cannot be avoided. Exercising thorough dental care with fluoride toothpaste ensures that the teeth recover quickly.

It usually takes three to five days for the patient to become accustomed to the braces. The teeth might hurt a little over the first eight to 14 days. Moreover, the mouth might feel irritated. However, these initial discomforts usually disappear rapidly. You can of course contact us at any time if you are experiencing problems. Your wellbeing is paramount to us.

The arch exercises relatively strong pressure on the teeth, which causes them to move and loosen. This process is reversible, and it does not influence eating or talking. After the fixed braces are fitted we schedule further appointments with you to check up on the treatment’s progress and readjust the braces if needed. Usually patients visit our dental clinic once every four to six weeks. The overall treatment takes between three months and two years.

After the treatment is completed the patient continues to wear a removeable retainer at night. This retainer ensures that the teeth stay fixed in their new position, as well as straight. These measures are important to ensure that you enjoy your new, straight teeth for years to come.

Benefits and downsides

We will gladly provide you with comprehensive advice on the benefits and disadvantages of the various procedures in our dental practice. Listed below, you can find a short overview for fixed braces with ceramic brackets:

  • precise dental correction possible
  • better appearance than metal brackets
  • fixed dentures require less discipline from the patient, as the braces are kept in place, instead of inserted for a limited time each day
  • as the braces are worn consistently, the desired results are often reached quicker and the results are better than with removeable treatment options
  • the smooth surfaces of ceramic brackets offer barely any hold for bacteria
  • ceramics are also suited for patients with nickel allergies

As with every treatment, there are certain disadvantages associated with ceramic brackets. They are brittle and can break if the patient bites down on a very hard object. Special precautions should be taken with cherry stones, bread crumbs and the like. Sweet and sticky foodstuffs such as chewing gum, chocolate and gummy bears should be avoided as well, as these can loosen the brackets. Good dental hygiene is equally important, as the brackets also require cleaning. We advise you to brush your teeth after each meal and are also happy to provide you with tailored tips on dental hygiene.

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