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Fixed Orthodontic Appliances (Braces)

Fixed Orthodontic Appliances (Braces)

19 - Appareils orthodontiques fixes (broches)Fixed Orthodontic Appliances (Braces)

Fixed appliances are the most commonly used orthodontic treatment by dentists and orthodontists.

If your teeth are crooked, protruding or overlapping, orthodontic treatment with brackets (braces) will improve your smile. You can benefit from orthodontic treatment at any age. Misalignment, overlapping or advancement of teeth affects their appearance and optimal function. Orthodontic treatment not only beautifies the smile, it also promotes health, since aligned teeth are easier to brush and therefore less prone to cavities and injuries. If you don’t like the appearance or function of your teeth, orthodontic treatment may be the solution.

How do fixed orthodontic appliances work?

To install fixed appliances, the dentist glues brackets (or brackets) to each tooth using dental cement. Arc-shaped wires are then attached to all the housings and are usually held in place using rubber bands or metal ties.

You may experience temporary discomfort after the first installation of fixed appliances or during adjustment visits. It will take some time to get used to fixed appliances, which may cause discomfort to your lips and the inside of your cheeks at the start of treatment. If appropriate, orthodontic wax may be applied to the brackets to protect the lips and/or cheek mucosa. To reduce discomfort during adjustment visits, it is preferable to eat tender or rather soft foods.

Caring for your teeth with fixed appliances

The importance of brushing and flossing is essential for patients who wear fixed appliances since dental biofilm easily accumulates around them. If this bacterial deposit is not eliminated correctly, whitish or brownish stains, sometimes permanent, may appear on the enamel of your teeth.

With fixed braces, the brushing and flossing routine requires more time than usual. It is important to brush the fixed appliances as well as the front, back and chewing surfaces of your teeth. Your dentist or dental hygienist can teach you the ideal brushing and flossing technique when wearing fixed appliances. Parental supervision of oral hygiene measures is essential in younger patients.

Taking care of your fixed appliances

If you wear fixed appliances, do not bite hard objects like ice cubes and never chew the ends of pens or pencils. Refrain from eating sticky foods, such as chewing gum or caramel, as they can distort wires, dislocate appliances, and even dislodge them. In this case, you absolutely must have your orthodontic appliances repaired by your dentist, so as not to compromise the current treatment.

You can sometimes replace the elastics or ties that come loose from the casings around the wire yourself using tweezers. As soon as a problem arises, it is important to quickly contact your dentist so that they can check your appliances as soon as possible. Unresolved problems may prolong treatment.