Conventional Fixed Appliances
Fixed appliances are most commonly used (train-tracks) and can achieve 3D tooth movements. Fixed appliances are made from metal alloys and are a popular choice with younger patients.
Patient can choose from a variety of colour options. Small coloured rubber bands are used to fix the arch wire to the metal brackets. The rubber bands are changed frequently providing the patient the opportunity to select new colours.
Fixed appliances are cost effective and deliver the highest quality result over the shortest possible time. The little metal brackets (blocks) are fixed(glued) to the teeth and cannot be removed during your treatment. A high standard of oral care is required and patients should avoid hard or sticky food types. Fixed appliance treatment usually takes between 18 – 24 months to complete.
Ceramic fixed appliances (tooth coloured brackets) are made from clear material. They “blend in” with the teeth and are less noticeable than metal. These are the type of braces actor Tom Cruise had. They are an optional and popular choice with adult patients that prefer an aesthetic treatment option without compromise in the result/outcome.
They are very strong and generally do not stain. The ligatures (tiny rubber bands) that hold the arch wire on to the ceramic brackets are often white or clear. This looks great at first, but the ligatures can stain. Unless you eat a lot of curry, smoke, or drink a lot of black coffee, this generally isn’t a problem. Note that the ligatures are changed each time you get an adjustment — usually, monthly. It’s only the ligatures that stain, not the brackets themselves!
The links page has more information available (https://www.bos.org.uk/Public-Patients/Orthodontics-for-Children-Teens/Treatment-brace-types/Fixed-appliances ).
Orthodontic Care for The Whole Family
While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age seven.
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Smiling Orthodontics offers a full spectrum of orthodontic treatment services in a caring and pleasant environment. We use quality products and materials for every dental procedure. It is our objective to serve our patients with treatment that address their individual concerns. Our clinics are equipped with the latest and most modern dental equipment. We use current technology that guarantees an optimal and world class standard of orthodontic care. Our team will go that extra mile for you!
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