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ORTHODONTIC ENGINEERING TOOLS OF THE TRADE FIXED APPLIANCES  fixed brace is an orthodontic appliance which cannot be removed from the mouth by A A B C the patient. Amongst teenagers, fixed braces are commonly known as “train tracks” which can be used to treat children and adults alike. Fixed braces are one of the most effective ways of straightening teeth. They can be used in combination with removable or functional braces and while a fair number of patients benefit from more than one type of brace, most will have fixed braces. It is important to familiarise yourself with the different components that make up your fixed brace. Ligature or module A A ligature is a tiny wire and a module is a tiny elastic, both of which can be used to hold the archwire in place on each bracket. D B Brackets guide or track, along which the teeth are to be moved. They are changed throughout the treatment. Each archwire change brings us closer to an ideal tooth position. > Metal Band (not shown) These are thin bands or rings of metal, carefully fitted to the tooth and then cemented in place. They have either a tube or hook attached so that the wire can be held in place. Archwire These act as a C Elastic Hooks & Rubber Bands These are small square shapes which are cemented directly onto each tooth. The arch wire is then placed through the bracket. we use three types of brackets metal, gold and ceramic. Not every patient needs to wear elastics. D These are small rubber bands which are attached to hooks on your brackets to cause a continuous, gentle force to help individual tooth movement or to align one arch to the next. If you are required to use them please note that they are speeding up the day you get your braces off so it is in your best interests to wear them. Teeth have never failed to move when elastics are worn consistently as directed by the orthodontist. > Separators (not shown) To make it more comfortable for you, before placing part of your fixed brace, we may need to make space between your back teeth to allow the bands to go into place. Slowly over a few days, separators gently move certain teeth slightly apart to allow us to accurately place bands on your next appointment. This can cause temporary soreness that will go away in a few days. Rinsing with warm salt water can help relieve the soreness. It is important to call the practice for advice if you lose one, or more of the separators. 112 Smiles & F aces The Comprehensive Guide To Orthodontics Octagon Orthodontics www.octagonorthodontics.com ORTHODONTIC BRACES


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