Clear Fixed Ceramic Braces
Getting clear or ceramic fixed braces in Tunbridge Wells is very similar to getting the metal braces you’ve probably seen lots of teenagers wearing. They are wonderfully versatile appliances that balance the ability to tackle complex treatment plans with very subtle aesthetics. They can be used to correct any orthodontic problem with a huge amount of accuracy and speed.
How are ceramic fixed braces fitted?
Ceramic fixed braces are made of several different components. First, small ceramic brackets are bonded to the centre of each tooth. Your orthodontist selects the bracket with the built-in tooth movement prescription specifically designed to address your orthodontic needs. Fixing the brackets to the teeth is a completely painless procedure that does not involve any injections or dental drills.
Once the brackets are in place your orthodontist will select an archwire that fits into the slot built into each bracket, connecting them all together. The wire is made of metal. There are tooth-coloured arch wires on the market, but research has shown them to be less effective than conventional metal wires.
The wires are held in using tiny little rubber bands, the colour of which you get to choose. With ceramic brackets we generally use a pearlescent tooth-coloured elastic, although you are welcome to splash some colour on your ceramic brace if you’re feeling adventurous! The elastics can discolour a little between appointments depending on what you’re eating and drinking but we change them with brand new ones at each appointment.
You will return to see your specialist orthodontist every 6 to 8 weeks to have the braces adjusted and tightened. Your teeth may be a little tender for a couple of days after this appointment.
How do clear fixed ceramic braces work?
The wires will work to gently align the teeth, and your orthodontist may also use auxiliaries such as elastics, springs and power chain to produce the perfect result.
What happens at the end of my clear fixed braces treatment?
Once your teeth are beautifully straight and the treatment has been completed the brackets are easily removed from the teeth and all the glue is polished off without leaving a trace left on the teeth. At Tunbridge Wells Orthodontics, we will fit upper and lower bonded retainers behind the front teeth which come with a 3-year guarantee, as well as providing you with backup retainers to be worn at night-time.
A very good standard of oral hygiene is essential for patients wearing fixed braces to prevent any unwanted side effects such as decalcification and dental caries. You should continue to see your general dentist and hygienist for regular check-ups throughout the duration of your treatment.Book a Consultation
At a glance
Used to treat
virtually any orthodontic problem
6 - 24 months depending on complexity
Frequency of appointments
every 6 - 8 weeks
good aesthetics and can be used for anything
not always suitable to use on lower teeth
Frequently asked questions
Will clear fixed ceramic braces work for me?
There is very little you can’t achieve with ceramic fixed braces. They can be used for both children and adults and will correct almost all orthodontic problems including crooked teeth, overcrowding, overbites, deep bites, impacted teeth, missing teeth, diastema and gappy teeth. The decision to use ceramic braces is completely yours and needs to balanced up alongside other available options.
Unfortunately, depending on how your teeth bite together, ceramic braces are not always suitable for use on the lower teeth. Because the ceramic material is very hard, there is a risk of wearing down or chipping the opposing top teeth.
How long does it take?
Several factors contribute to the overall treatment length. Your age, the complexity of your orthodontic problem and how well you care for you brace all feed in. You can rest assured that Tunbridge Wells Orthodontics will do anything within their power to ensure your treatment is done is the fastest time possible.
Straightforward cases can be complete in as little as 6 months, although very complex treatment plans can take 2 years to complete.
Is fitting ceramic braces painful?
The first few days after the fixed ceramic braces are fitted can be quite uncomfortable. The teeth will usually feel a bit bruised, and tender to touch. Normal pain killers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen are effective at managing the pain although it should be noted that most of our patients do not feel the need. After a few days, the teeth will no longer feel tender.
You may also experience soreness of the lips and cheeks after the braces are fit, in the same way you might get blisters with a new pair of shoes. We will supply you with some orthodontic wax that can be squeezed onto the brace to provide some relieve.
How often do I need to see the orthodontist?
Once the clear fixed braces have been fit you will need to come and see your orthodontist regularly at approximately 6 -8 week intervals. You may also have to pop in in between your regular appointments if anything breaks.
Do I have to wear the braces all the time?
Yes, ceramic braces are fixed to the teeth and are in place 24 hours a day. they can only be removed professionally by your orthodontist.
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