These are the most common type of orthodontic braces. Vast majority of patients need fixed orthodontic braces (‘train tracks’) to straighten their teeth, and to achieve the best possible improvement of their smile. They are small precisely designed engineered buttons called brackets are glued/bonded to each tooth. Occasionally, metal rings called bands are also fitted around the back/molar teeth. The brackets are then connected to each other using a thin wire, called an archwire. The wire is held in place by small elastic rings called modules. The wires are adjusted and/or replaced at regular intervals to straighten the teeth and correct the bite.
With fixed braces speech is unaffected and the flavour of food can be enjoyed fully as there is no plastic covering the roof of the mouth. Unlike removable braces, fixed braces cannot be removed; therefore it acts full-time, and is usually more effective.
Fixed braces are highly sophisticated as every tooth has its own bracket design engineered to achieve correct position and angle of axis. They are very good at achieving fine detail to achieve a perfect radiant smile that will last a lifetime!
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before.
Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires.
With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored modules (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.
Ceramic braces are made of tooth-coloured materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces.
For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns.
While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene, as ceramic braces are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
Self-Ligating Metal and Ceramic Braces
Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional and ceramic braces; however, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastic modules, meaning less friction being placed on the tooth and fewer adjustment appointments, as there are no elastics to replace.
Hence self-ligating braces can give you the radiant smile that you have always wanted more quickly than traditional braces, and without the need for ugly, unsanitary, and uncomfortable ties or elastic modules.
Thus, making the path to a beautiful smile faster and more comfortable than you ever thought possible!
Self-Ligating Metal Braces
Self-Ligating Ceramic Braces