What are fixed braces in Guildford?
- Space out overcrowded teeth
- Straighten crooked and protruding teeth
- Close gaps between teeth
- Correct bite problems including overbite, open bite, under bite and cross bite.
Fixed braces are made up of a bracket that is attached to your tooth and cannot be removed during teeth straightening treatment. A wire connects the brackets together using gentle pressure to move your teeth into their correct position.
At Levitas Dental Clinic Practice in Guildford Surrey, we offer metal fixed braces or ceramic fixed braces. Ceramic fixed braces are made up of white brackets and tooth-coloured wires which makes them more discreet and less visible to other people.
Whilst fixed braces have traditionally been associated with children and teenagers, more adult patients from Guildford, Farnborough, Farnham, East Horsley and Surrey are choosing to straighten teeth in this way because fixed braces are so precise and give the most reliable results.
What is the process for fixed braces in Guildford?
At your next appointment and we will take impressions or moulds of your teeth which enables us to make your fixed braces. Taking impressions of your teeth is a painless process and does not take long.
Once your fixed braces are ready, we will invite you back to Levitas Dental Clinic Practice in Guildford to fit them to your teeth. In some instances, your orthodontist may use elastics which are small elastic bands to increase the amount of pressure in certain places in your mouth. This is nothing to worry about and your orthodontist in Guildford can tell you more about this.
It may feel strange after having your fixed braces fitted. You may notice some pressure on your teeth, or your mouth may feel sore, and you may lisp slightly. This is all perfectly normal and will quickly settle down in a day or two.
Fixed braces straighten teeth by the pressure from the wire which connects to the brackets, so on a regular basis, you will need to visit Levitas Dental Clinic Practice to have this wire tightened and adjusted. Your orthodontist can tell you more about this and will tell you how often they want to see you.
Benefits of fixed braces in Guildford
- Fixed braces are the most precise way to straighten teeth
- Fixed braces can be used to treat minor through to the most complex orthodontic cases
- Fixed braces can be used to treat a range of different orthodontic problems including issues with bite
- With fixed braces there’s no chance of forgetting to wear your braces or losing them which can delay the treatment
- Levitas Dental Clinic Practice in Guildford, Surrey offers 0% finance to give affordable braces
Fixed Braces FAQ
How do I keep my teeth clean with fixed braces?
You should brush your teeth twice a day spending at least 2 minutes on brushing each time. It’s a good idea when wearing fixed braces to use an interdental toothbrush which has a smaller head and helps to reach the harder to clean places between your teeth and fixed braces.
Remember to regularly visit your hygienist whilst having treatment for fixed braces.
How long does it take to straighten teeth with fixed braces?
Is there anything I should or shouldn’t do when wearing fixed braces?
We would suggest that you avoid eating hard foods like whole apples, raw carrots and crusty bread during your treatment and instead cut up these foods whilst wearing fixed braces. You should not eat chewing gum whilst wearing fixed braces and you should limit the amount of sugary foods and drinks as it is harder to keep your mouth clean.
Please do keep up with a good oral hygiene during your treatment – brushing your teeth carefully and thoroughly and visiting your hygienist as usual.
If your mouth feels sore after your initial fixed brace fitting or after having your fixed braces tightened, you may want to take paracetamol to ease any pain.
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