Jaw and teeth misalignment can occur for a variety of reasons, including genetics, accidents and missing teeth. An overbite is a common dental condition where the upper front teeth overlap significantly over the lower front teeth when the jaw is closed. While not generally painful, an overbite can create difficulties and discomfort with eating. It can also impact your appearance and facial profile. Braces for overbite teeth can be highly effective at correcting the problem.
What are fixed braces, do braces straighten crooked teeth and what is the fixed braces procedure?
Fixed braces are a well-established orthodontic technique used to correct bite problems and improve overall dental alignment. They consist of several components including brackets, archwires, bands and springs. Once seen largely as a treatment for children, increasing numbers of adults are benefitting from brace treatment to fix misalignment and improve their smile.
Fixed braces apply consistent, gentle pressure on the teeth. This pressure is exerted by the archwires that pass through the brackets that are fixed to each tooth. The pressure is usually indiscernible to the wearer. Over time, this pressure will cause the teeth to gradually move into their desired positions. Orthodontists will carefully apply and adjust the braces to achieve the best results.
The length of time you have to wear fixed braces will vary depending on the severity of the overbite and how effective the fixed braces are at correcting the problem. Your orthodontist will be able to advise about the duration you may need to wear braces. This may be revised at future appointments after the effectiveness of the braces has been assessed.
Some people may experience some mild discomfort or soreness during specific phases of the fixed brace treatment. There may be some soreness for a few days when the fixed braces are first applied as your mouth adjusts.
Any adjustments made during appointments to continue the tooth correction process may lead to some temporary discomfort. If your fixed braces irritate your cheeks, lips or tongue, your dentist will advise how best to treat this irritation.
This discomfort is usually manageable and most patients believe that any temporary inconvenience is outweighed by the long-term benefits of a healthier, straighter smile.
Typically, fixed braces will be adjusted every 4 to 8 weeks. The complexity of the issues being addressed by the fixed braces will determine the regularity. Your orthodontist will be able to advise as to the likely frequency of adjustments at your initial consultation.
Some hard and crunchy foods should be avoided while wearing fixed braces, along with sugary and acidic products. Other foods should be cut into smaller, more manageable pieces before eating. Your orthodontist will advise you about any dietary restrictions and habits you should be aware of.
Retainers play a crucial role in maintaining the results achieved during the active phase of fixed braces treatment. They help to stabilise the tooth position, prevent relapse and maintain bite alignment. The amount of time you will be required to wear retainers will gradually decrease over time.
The professional, experienced and friendly team at H Williams can provide you with advice and guidance about fixed braces, and what to expect.
Our dental and orthodontics team makes sure you feel calm, comfortable and clear about your treatment plan, every step of the way. You’ll experience outstanding customer care and great-looking, healthy teeth you’ll want to show off!
If you’d like to discuss fixed braces, find out a fixed brace price or book an appointment, we’d be happy to help. Please note: Invisalign is available for patients who would rather have invisible braces.
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