Fixed Metal Braces
How do fixed metal braces work?
They use blocks affixed to the surface of the teeth with wire running through them to apply force and cause gradual movement. The principles haven’t changed since the first appliances were produced in a garage in California in 1974. Those devices were based on measurements taken from 100 beauty pageant girls that created an average value for each tooth that was then translated into the blocks. The blocks have this programming built into them, so that the wire has predetermined slots to sit in on each tooth, and the wire develops the force that generates the movement of the teeth.
How are they kept clean?
Patients don’t have to substantially change their oral hygiene routine, but a bit of extra effort is required. Guidance on how to clean braces and extra kit to help with it is supplied by our specialist orthodontist or hygienist.
Can fixed metal braces feel uncomfortable?
Minor pain and ulcerations are a common side effect initially, especially in the first 24 to 48 hours, but after that it gets better. Patients may be given Gishy Goo for relief, a silicone putty that can be placed over the wires and blocks to alleviate pain and discomfort. It is easy to apply and stays in place for up to 12 hours.
What happens during a consultation?
Patients are seen either by Dr Vasilis Charalampakis, a third generation specialist orthodontist, or Mr Scott Deacon, a consultant specialist orthodontist who has featured as an expert on the Gadget Show, Sky News and BBC News. He is experienced at combining fixed metal braces with other treatments such as restorative dentistry including implants, bridgework and aesthetic dentistry.
In a lengthy assessment he will assess if the patient is suitable for treatment, take digital photographs and radiographs of the teeth, and discuss the outcome with the patient. If they agree to treatment another appointment is booked to glue the brace on, and appointments are booked every six to eight weeks onwards to tighten the brace.
Benefits of fixed metal braces at The Bristol Dental Practice
- They are flexible, adaptable and can be used in complex multi-disciplinary cases
- Assessment, diagnosis and treatment is provided by Mr Scott Deacon, a consultant specialist orthodontist, or Dr Vasilis Charalampakis, a third generation specialist orthodontist
- Fixed metal braces produce predictably perfect results
- They are easy to look after
- They are suitable for everyone
- They are cheaper than other orthodontic systems
Mr Scott Deacon – Consultant Orthodontist (GDC No: 73099)
BDS, MFDS RCS, MSc, MOrth, FDS(Orth) RCS
- Lead Consultant Orthodontist
- Special interests in Invisalign and Lingual Braces
Dr Vasilis Charalampakis – Specialist Orthodontist (GDC No: 263777)
- 3rd Generation Orthodontist
- Special interests in Invisalign and Clear Aligners