Fixed braces with aesthetic brackets in Munich

Many people dream of an attractive, straight set of teeth. The tried-and-tested option to correct misaligned teeth – fixed braces – remains the standard treatment, even for adults. New models with self-amalgamating ceramic brackets meet the discerning aesthetic standards our patients often place great value on. We look forward to welcoming you at our dental practice in Munich to provide you with more information on this treatment option.

Who benefits from fixed braces?

Fixed braces are primarily used to correct distinct tooth and jaw misalignments. They can also be used to correct smaller defects. As a rule, all desired tooth realignments can be realised with one, fixed instrument. At the end of the treatment, you can delight in a beautiful, straight set of teeth.

Most adults who are interested in braces are looking to improve the overall appearance of their teeth. However, in some cases, misaligned teeth might also lead to health complications, which need to be remedied. Displaced teeth can be overstrained or hard to clean. This increases the risk of tooth diseases.

Healthy teeth, free from caries and periodontitis, are a prerequisite for treatments with braces. Moreover, we advise you to refrain from smoking, as smoking facilitates bone resorption.

What’s special about ceramic brackets?

Fixed braces consist of small plates (brackets) that are adhered onto each tooth, and subsequently connected by a wire. This results in a pressure that moves the teeth in the desired direction.

Brackets are often made of cost-effective metal, however this makes your braces very conspicuous. Transparent ceramic brackets, which are far less noticeable, have since been developed. They do not discolour and continue to look like new, even after longer wear. For a carefree smile, despite braces.

What does the treatment look like?

We start the treatment by taking photographs, X-rays, and impressions. These allow us to paint a precise picture of your dental situation. After an in-depth analysis of your teeth, we diagnose the issue and draft a tailored treatment and cost plan, which we then discuss with you in detail. If only individual teeth are misaligned, it usually suffices to apply the fixed braces to partial areas.

At the next appointment, we gently fit the brackets, arches, and wires, which takes around two hours. When applying the braces, mineral loss of the enamel surfaces occurs, which unfortunately cannot be avoided. Exercising thorough dental care with fluoride-containing toothpaste ensures that the teeth recover quickly.

It usually takes three to five days for the patient to become accustomed to the braces. The teeth might hurt a bit over the first 8 to 14 days. Moreover, the oral mucosa might be irritated. However, these initial discomforts usually disappear rapidly. You can of course contact us at any time if you are experiencing problems. Your well-being is paramount to us!

The arch exercises relatively strong pressure on the teeth, which causes them to move rather quickly and loosen. This process is reversible, and it does not influence eating or talking. After the fixed braces are fitted, we schedule further appointments with you to check up on the treatment’s progress and readjust the braces if needed. Usually, patients visit our practice once every four to six weeks. The overall treatment takes between three months and two years.

After the treatment is completed, the patient continues to wear a removeable retainer at night. This retainer ensures that the teeth stay fixed in their new position, as well as straight. These measures are important to ensure that you enjoy your new, straight teeth for years to come.

Benefits and downsides

We will gladly provide you with comprehensive advice on the benefits and disadvantages of the various procedures in our practice. Listed below, you can find a short overview for fixed braces with ceramic brackets:

  • precise dental correction possible;
  • look better than metal brackets;
  • fixed dentures require less discipline from the patients, as the braces are kept in place, instead of inserted for a certain time each day;
  • as the braces are worn consistently, the desired results are often reached quicker, and the results are better than with removeable treatment options;
  • the smooth surfaces of ceramic brackets offer barely any hold for bacteria;
  • ceramics are also suited for patients with nickel allergies.

As with every treatment, there are certain disadvantages associated with ceramic brackets. They are brittle and can break if the patient bites down on a very hard object. Special precautions should be taken with cherry stones, bread crumbs, and the like. Sweet and sticky foodstuffs such as chewing gum, chocolate, and gummy bears should be avoided as well, as these can loosen the brackets. Good dental hygiene is equally important, as the brackets also require cleaning. We advise you to brush your teeth after each meal and are also happy to provide you with individual tips on dental hygiene.

Does my insurance cover the costs?

The production of ceramic brackets is more elaborate than processing metal. This is why braces with metal brackets are, as a rule, cheaper. The exact costs for the ceramics treatment depend mainly on the complexity of the initial misalignment. For adults, statutory health insurance usually only covers the costs in exceptional cases. Private health insurance providers sometimes reimburse all costs, sometimes only in part, and sometimes not at all. It’s best to ask your health insurer what cover they provide.

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