Fixed metal braces have been around for 50 years in their current format, with gradual improvements that have made them a dependable and safe orthodontic system. They deliver predictable results which can be aesthetically attractive and stable, protecting the long term oral health of the patient.
Benefits of fixed metal braces at
The Bristol Dental Practice
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.
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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 by 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 judge whether 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.
See some of our cases,
before and after
Referrals for Fixed Metal Braces
We’re always happy to receive referrals for any of our dental services, we treat routine to very complex cases and we also help extremely nervous patients who require sedation in order to access dental treatment.