What are the advantages of fixed braces?
Not that long ago, the words ‘fixed braces’ instilled fear into most prospective orthodontic patients, but now, there is a really impressive range of fixed brace treatments on offer and patients will be spoiled for choice!
What are fixed braces?
Fixed braces are braces that are fixed onto the teeth; they remain in place until treatment is complete and can only be removed by a dentist. Fixed braces are an alternative to removable braces.
Examples of fixed braces
Traditional fixed braces, also known as train-tracks, have been around for many years, but over the years they have change considerably and modern braces are lighter, more comfortable and more discreet; you can also choose from a range of different colours.
Six Month Smiles is a really exciting fixed brace system, which takes just six months to straighten the teeth; usually, treatment takes at least 12 months, so this is a much faster option.
Lingual braces have become a very popular treatment option for adults, as they provide a truly invisible solution. Lingual braces are attached to the back of the teeth (the lingual side of the teeth).
Damon braces is one of the most impressive systems on the market; this treatment is suitable for patients with complex orthodontic needs and it moves the teeth faster than traditional fixed braces without any pain.
Benefits of fixed braces
One of the main benefits of fixed braces is that they are guaranteed to work; removable braces are dependent on the individual wearing their brace and this is not a concern for patients with fixed braces. Fixed brace treatment is also more straight-forward than treatment with removable braces, as there is no need to worry about taking braces in and out, replacing one brace with another or remembering the date you need to swap your brace; once the brace is fitted, that is it!
Modern fixed braces are also very discreet; Six Month Smiles are made from tooth-coloured wires and clear rackets, while lingual braces, such as STb Social 6 braces and Incognito, are applied to the back of the teeth so that they cannot be seen when you smile. Damon Clear braces are also very discreet and they are suitable for patients who would previously have only had a choice of traditional fixed braces.
Fixed braces are also beneficial for people who are prone to losing things; if you have removable braces and you lose your brace, you will have to pay for a new one and wait for a new one to be manufactured; this is not a worry if you have a fixed brace.