Fixed braces, commonly called train track braces, are a popular teeth-straightening option. The popularity of fixed braces arises from their reliable and predictable results. They are the most common orthodontics option in the public healthcare service, but people also request them in private practices.
Different fixed braces options are available, including the traditional metal braces and the less conspicuous options like the ceramic and lingual braces. A wide range of fixed braces options is available at Thousand Smile.
Fixed braces have small brackets attached to each tooth, which are joined by a wire. The orthodontist will change the wires during the treatment, fitting thicker wires and adjusting them as the treatment progresses to exert a gentle pressure which gradually moves the teeth into alignment. You cannot remove your fixed braces throughout your treatment.
Fixed braces offer several benefits, which include:
Fixed braces can treat several orthodontic issues, including complex problems such as abnormal teeth eruption, deep overbite and extensive overcrowding. This makes fixed braces the recommended option for severe orthodontic problems.
Fixed braces move the teeth precisely, unlike removable braces that you can remove, and the treatment outcome depends on how long you wear the braces.
Some fixed braces options are discreet, so many people will not notice you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.
This is the metal wire attached to the brackets to aid teeth movement.
The metal ring is often placed on the back of the teeth to hold parts of the braces.
The ceramic or plastic part glued on each tooth
This is the small metal part attached to the outside of the molar band. It has a slot that holds the face bows, archwires and other parts the orthodontist uses for teeth movement.
It is a small plastic piece shaped like a doughnut used to hold the arch wires in the brackets placed on the teeth.
The stretchable plastic chain that holds the arch wires to the brackets and moves the teeth
It is the metal or plastic part used by the orthodontist to create space between the teeth to place the bands.
Different types of fixed braces are available, which are suitable for different lifestyles and needs. They include:
The traditional metal braces have metal brackets that the dental professional attaches to the front of the teeth and then connects the brackets with a metal wire. Traditional braces are the most common orthodontic treatment in the public healthcare service and a popular private option.
Lingual dental braces also use metal brackets and wires like traditional braces, but they are fixed at the back of the teeth, close to the tongue. This makes them hidden from view. If you play a wind instrument or contact sports, lingual braces may be a good option.
Ceramic clear braces still use the technique of traditional metal braces, but they are less obvious. The braces consist of ceramic, clear brackets and a thin metal wire, usually coated with plastic, for a more aesthetically-appealing result.
The archwire connecting the brackets creates pressure that gradually moves the teeth into the correct position. You will visit the dental professional every 4 – 6 weeks to check and adjust the fixed braces.
During the appointment, the orthodontist or dentist will tighten and change the wires to ensure the teeth move in the right direction. Depending on your orthodontic issue, you will get coil springs or elastic bands during your treatment. The plastic bands help to improve your bite, while the coil springs increase or reduce gaps between the teeth.
The duration of fixed braces treatment depends on your needs and the teeth that require moving. Treatment may take a couple of months for cosmetic teeth straightening options that focus on only the front, visible teeth. However, comprehensive orthodontic treatment can last for a few years.
After your consultation with our orthodontist at Thousand Smile, you will get a treatment plan detailing your treatment duration and other information.
Removable braces are an alternative to fixed braces. You can take out the removable braces to play instruments, eat, brush your teeth and play sports. A wide range of removable braces options is available. They include metal, removable braces (Inman aligners) and transparent, removable aligners (Invisalign).
While fixed braces can treat complex orthodontic issues, removable braces can only correct mild to moderate misalignment, bite and crowding concerns. Our dentist will examine your smile during your consultation and recommend the most suitable option.
The cost of straightening your teeth depends on different factors, like the type of braces and the severity of the orthodontic issue. Lingual and ceramic braces are often more expensive but are more discreet.
You can get a precise quote for your fixed braces after your consultation with our orthodontist. Feel free to call Thousand Smile now on or email [email protected] to book an appointment with our orthodontist for your fixed braces. You can also call us for more information on our different braces options.