Traditional orthodontics consist of fixed or metal braces that are attached to the teeth and which use metal brackets combined with wires and elastics. In spite of recent innovations in orthodontics these traditional braces are still quite widely used due to their versatility. The use of brackets enables orthodontists to precisely reposition the teeth in ways that aren't always possible with more modern systems and can provide patients with really straight teeth, giving the best possible results.
Fixed metal braces can treat most orthodontic problems, including issues with occlusion or the way the teeth bite together. They can be used to close up gaps in between teeth, to correct teeth that are rotated or protrusive, or teeth which are crooked due to overcrowding. Fixed metal braces can also be used to correct overbites where the upper front teeth close 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, and open bites where the front teeth do not occlude or bite together at all, even when the back teeth are in contact. Fixed or metal braces can also be used to correct crossbites where some of the upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth.
The benefits of choosing fixed or metal braces is that the braces will be working continuously to straighten teeth, and there's no need to worry about removing aligners to clean them or forgetting where you have put them. The use of brackets ensures this treatment is very precise, and is likely to be the best way to get the most perfectly straight smile through having orthodontics alone.
Not everyone wants to wear fixed braces or to show a substantial amount of metal when smiling. Some people find fixed braces dig into their cheeks, and that the use of wires and elastics is complicated and awkward to deal with. In addition cleaning around fixed braces does require dedication and additional time.
The step-by-step process for having a fixed or metal brace is as follows:
The actual fitting off the braces will 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 quite loose and tender as the teeth and tooth roots begin to move into the new positions. This discomfort should be easily dealt with using over-the-counter painkillers, although you may want to stick to a soft diet 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 a small piece of orthodontic wax.
The exact length of treatment time can vary tremendously according to how far the teeth have to move. Most people will need to wear fixed or metal braces for at least a year and possibly quite a lot longer. Some people will need to wear these braces for up to three years.
Your dentist will give you precise instructions on how to keep your braces clean. 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 threaders to clean in between the components of the brace, and you may be recommended to use fluoride treatments. Some people also find it helpful to use disclosing tablets occasionally just to check the teeth are thoroughly clean after brushing and flossing.
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