Fixed braces Windsor are a type of orthodontic treatment that has been used for many years to help correct dental problems such as crooked and crowded teeth and misaligned bites. They can also be known as ‘traditional braces’, and are made up of metal brackets and wires that are attached to the teeth using a dental adhesive.
The purpose of these fixed implements is to gradually move the teeth into the desired position over a period of time. This timeframe is often between 6 months and 24 months, but can be longer or shorter than this depending upon the patient’s needs and their oral health. Throughout this time adjustments will need to be made at instructed intervals by the practitioner overseeing treatment.
The brackets are attached to the teeth using a dental adhesive, and the wires are threaded through the brackets. The wires are then tightened intermittently by the dentist, putting pressure on the teeth. It is by this mechanism that the teeth are encouraged to move. Fixtures are considered to be suitable for a wide range of dental problems, including overcrowding, overbites, underbites, and crossbites. They are particularly well known for helping to correct more complex dental issues that may not be treatable with other orthodontic appliances.
In recent years, there have been advances in technology, and there are now a range of additional teeth straightening methods which are available for patients. This includes the ‘Incognito brace’ (which is similar to traditional ones except it is attached to the back of the teeth).
For patients who wish to pursue straighter teeth in a discreet manner, the lingual brace is a type of orthodontic treatment that is growing in popularity. They are attached to the back, or lingual side, of the teeth. This means that they can be hidden from view, making them a popular choice for people who may feel self-conscious when undergoing treatment to straighten their teeth.
The process of getting these fixtures installed begins with a consultation with a qualified dental practitioner. During this consultation, the dentist will examine the patient’s teeth and determine whether they are a suitable treatment option. If so, they may take impressions of the teeth, which will often be used to create custom-made brackets and wires.
Once the brackets and wires are ready, the dentist will bond them to the back of the teeth using a dental adhesive. This can take several hours to complete, as each bracket is carefully positioned to help ensure that the braces are efficient.
One of the main advantages of these dental implements is that they are almost invisible when the patient smiles or speaks. This makes them an attractive option for adults who may feel self-conscious about teeth straightening treatment. These fixtures are suitable for a wide range of dental issues, including spacing issues, overbites, and underbites. They are generally worn for between 18 and 36 months, depending on the severity of the dental problem being treated. During this time, the patient will need to visit their dentist for regular adjustments.
A straight, healthy smile can be a significant confidence booster, and can also improve overall dental health by making it easier to clean the teeth and gums. During treatment, different cleaning techniques may be required in order to adequately maintain good hygiene. Where this is the case, a dental hygienist can provide tailored advice for a patient’s needs.