Metal Braces

Modern metal braces as we know them today are the result of technological advancements in dental materials which allow for the fabrication of smaller brackets that are bonded onto the tooth surface.

At Simply Orthodontics, we use Damon braces which are known around the world for their efficient treatment and great results. Because of the design of these brackets, appointment intervals may be increased without any effects on your treatment.

Coloured bands can also be placed around the metal braces to express your own creativity!

Damon Q: Low-Friction, Passive Self-Ligation

  1. Initial Consultation

    Your initial consultation is designed to allow you and your Orthodontist to have an informative yet informal discussion about your concerns and orthodontic needs. Your visual and radiographic records will provide invaluable information and together with a clinical assessment, will enable your Orthodontist to formulate a treatment plan that is customised to you and addresses all your concerns.

  2. Fitting Appointment

    Your braces-fitting appointment, also known as the ‘Band Up’ appointment is one of two longer appointments of your treatment and is usually scheduled for the middle part of the day. It is a relaxing appointment and no anaesthesia is required for the braces to be fitted. An oral hygiene care session follows the band up procedure where you will be shown how to care for your teeth and new braces.

  3. Braces-check Appointment

    Every 6-8 weeks patients return to the practice for their braces-check appointments. At these appointments, adjustments may be made to your braces and your progress will be discussed.

  4. Deband Appointment

    The procedure for removing braces is a relatively quick and simple one. Once the braces are removed, our Hygienists will also clean and polish the bonding resin off the tooth surfaces. A set of impressions is then taken to fabricate your new set of retainers, which are made in house by our clinical staff. As these appointments usually take place in the morning, your retainers will be ready for your fit appointment in the afternoon.

  5. Retainers and Retention

    Your retainers retain your new tooth positions and wearing them is paramount to maintaining your new smile. Relapse can occur if retainers are not worn correctly and its severity can present in varying degrees. Further retainer check appointments are included in your initial treatment fee and Dr Skilton and Dr Yap are always happy to provide additional retainer checks if required.

What are the metal braces made of?

High-grade stainless steel and modern technological advances have made the fabrication of the small rounded components of metal braces possible. From the body of the bracket itself to the “gate” that holds the archwire in, the Damon Q bracket is certainly a strong and durable brace.

My braces have become discoloured, what should I do?

The component that stains are actually the modules, not the braces, as the elastomeric material takes up coloured pigments from the foods and drinks you consume. Food and drinks such as curries, tomato-based pasta sauce, some instant noodles and coffee as well as lifestyle habits such as smoking can all cause staining to your modules.

We replace your modules or power chain every time you attend your archwire appointment so you will not always have stained modules throughout your treatment. Bolder colours do not tend to discolour as quickly as the lighter colours too!

On the odd occasion, stains can be taken up by the bonding material we use to bond the brace to your tooth. In these situations, removing the excess bonding material will effectively remove the stain as it is not a stain on your tooth itself.

How do metal braces work?

Braces work by exerting continuous pressure on your teeth, gradually moving them into a new position. As the teeth move, the shape of the bone also changes. Braces are an effective orthodontic treatment for misaligned teeth.

Braces are made up of a number of components, including brackets, bands, spacers, archwires, ties, and tubes.  The brackets are small squares that are attached to the teeth with orthodontic bands or a special dental bonding agent. The brackets can be made of stainless steel, ceramic or plastic. The orthodontic bands are wrapped around the teeth and act as anchors for the brackets. Archwires are attached to the brackets and work by guiding the movement of the teeth. The archwires are connected to the brackets with tiny elastic rubber bands.

How often do I need to see my orthodontist?

You’ll need to see your orthodontist every six to eight weeks to ensure that your braces are working effectively. If necessary, your orthodontist will make adjustments to the tension and pressure of your braces for optimal results.

Do braces hurt?

No! But they can be uncomfortable while you are getting used to them. It is normal to feel some pain and discomfort during your treatment. If you feel a lot of pain when your braces are adjusted, let your orthodontist know so that they can try and reduce your discomfort.

How long do I have to wear braces?

Your orthodontist will give you a good idea of how long you will need to wear your braces for. Treatment can range from anything between a few months to a few years.

What if my braces are causing cuts in my mouth?

This is the unfortunate part of braces. They can catch and cause irritation – but not to worry! Simply placing a ball of wax over the area causing irritation can give you some relief.

What foods should be avoided when wearing braces?

If you have braces, you should avoid sticky foods such as toffee and hard foods such as peanut brittle. You should also cut large foods such as apples into smaller pieces.

How long should my oral hygiene routine be with braces?

When you have braces, you will not need to simply brush and floss your teeth, but you should also be making use of an interdental toothbrush. The whole process of cleaning your teeth with braces should take about 5 minutes at a time.

How often should I brush my teeth with braces?

You should be brushing your teeth more frequently when you have braces. This is because food can easily become lodged in between your braces. Aim to brush at least four times a day to ensure that your braces and teeth are sufficiently clean.

Can I floss my teeth if I have braces?

Yes. Flossing teeth with braces will require special dental floss which is made for those with braces. Alternatively, your orthodontist may recommend using a water pick. Whatever method you choose to floss, you should continue to floss your teeth daily – even if you have braces.


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