Fixed dental braces – Compare all methods |

Prof. DDr. med. Erwin Jonke

medical specialist in orthodontics

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Fixed dental braces – achieve perfect results

Achieve perfect results with fixed dental braces

  Metal braces Transparent braces Incognito braces
For kids Yes Yes Yes
For adolescents Yes Yes Yes
For adults Yes Yes Yes
Bite correction Yes Yes Yes
Invisible No Virtually invisible (transparent white brackets) Yes
Initial articulation difficulties Yes  Yes Yes
Custom-made Yes Yes Yes
Easy to clean Yes (takes more time) Yes (takes more time) Yes (takes more time)
Removable No No No

Fixed braces or conventional braces, which are also known as multiband or multi-bracket appliances, generally comprise of brackets. These small plates made of metal, plastic or ceramic are adhered onto the teeth, using a special adhesive, and remain there until the treatment has been completed. An individually shaped, elastic orthodontic wire is fed through the individual brackets. On account of the tension exerted by the wire, the teeth are gradually moved into their desired final position.

Recent years have seen technical development in the field of fixed dental braces, leading to ever smaller and practically invisible brackets, resulting in a decreasing optical perception of the dental braces. There are different types of fixed dental braces available.

Ceramic brackets are tooth-colored or transparent. Even the wire is adjusted to the color of the teeth. Hence ceramic dental braces help to hide the fact of wearing a brace by blending in with the teeth.

Using lingual technology, the brackets are attached onto the backside of the teeth. This method makes the brackets unnoticeable to others.

The major advantage of fixed braces is certainly the fact that they take effect 24 hours a day. Conventional braces are the most common and best known orthodontic appliance. A disadvantage is the higher effort for oral hygiene during the entire treatment. In order to avoid the formation of tooth decay, oral hygiene is of the utmost significance. The regular use of toothbrush, interdental brush and floss must be considered during the treatment.

Please find further information about oral hygiene in our guide.

Examples for fixed appliances:

Metal brackets: This orthodontic standard method uses brackets generally made of stainless steel. It is available in various sizes and shapes. So called self-ligating brackets use a special mechanism that helps to avoid additional rubber gums and wire.
Read more on metal brackets.

Transparent brackets: Transparent and tooth-coloured brackets are made out of synthetic or ceramic material. As a result, they are practically invisible, but are also significantly more expensive than metal brackets.
More information about transparent or ceramic brackets. 

Lingual brackets: Lingual brackets (also known as Incognito braces) are adhered to the inside of the teeth. Thus they are hidden from view. The disadvantage: at the beginning possible articulation difficulties can occur.
More information about lingual brackets.

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