Fixed braces have gained a negative, and much undue, reputation: Rather than conjuring images of versatility and reliability, fixed braces are, for some reason, associated with 80’s teen-comedy outcasts, much like the pun is associated with bad-uncle jokes. Punning was good enough for Shakespeare, James Joyce and Jesus and, if we are to take this comparison to its natural conclusion, fixed braces are equally appropriate for the most sophisticated pundit. Allow me to argue my case.
Firstly, what is a fixed brace?
A fixed brace is a brace which, during treatment, is not removed and they are available in a myriad of shapes, colours and constructs! All fixed braces consist of tiny buttons, referred to as brackets, which are fixed to your teeth. Metallic rings, known as bands, can also be fastened to your back teeth. A thin wire, called ‘archwire’, is then used to keep all this together along with the help of some tiny elastic bands, called modules, or some minute wires, known as ligatures.
That’s nice and all, but why opt for them?
Well, research indicates they are more effective: A recent study implied that patients who received fixed brace treatment where happier with the outcome of their smile than those who used alternatives. Importantly, they also take some crushing responsibility away from their wearer: Removable aligners, the main competitor with fixed braces, can be taken out for eating food, cleaning them or for brief social occasions. If you forget to put them back in, however, you can set your treatment back by a substantial amount and incur greater costs. With fixed braces, you never run this risk as they can’t be taken out!
The friction of fixed braces is a common, albeit minor, complaint as it can cause some slight irritation. At Liverpool Dental Spa, we offer Damon and In-Ovation R braces which not only reduce the friction issue, but can also reduce treatment time.
Fixed braces are the classic form of orthodontic treatment, and with good reason! If you interested in exploring the fixed brace treatments we offer, then please call us at Liverpool Dental Spa.