But what options are there with regard to fixed braces for children and adolescents? Read everything about the most important variants and their advantages and disadvantages here.
First of all, the classic metal brackets should be mentioned here. But what are metal brackets anyway ? A bracket is a small plate that is stuck to the teeth. Then a wire is threaded through and the whole thing is secured with rubber bands. In the classic form, brackets are made of stainless steel or metal. The arches are either highly elastic or made of steel.
The fixed brace in the form of a metal bracket has the advantage that the duration of the treatment can be shortened, since shaping pressure is continuously exerted on the teeth. Constant admonitions by the parents, the child or the young person would like to use their braces, are no longer applicable. Experience has shown that young people in particular have less desire to wear braces the longer the treatment lasts.
In the meantime, metal brackets with colored rubber bands are available, so that you can almost attract attention with the fixed clasp. The more colorful the clasp, the more popular it is on average with adolescents and children. In this respect, metal brackets are now enjoying significantly greater acceptance than in previous years.
Another positive aspect is that the statutory health insurance companies usually cover the costs for metal brackets if there is a medical need. However, the patient may have to make an additional payment.
You are welcome to find out more about the advantages and disadvantages of metal brackets in person at the orthodontic practice Villa Donti in Berlin Mitte
However, there are also children and young people who find it difficult to cope with conspicuous braces such as metal brackets, for example because they are ashamed. Ceramic brackets also exist for this clientele. They have the advantage that they are practically transparent, because the arches can also be made of white material. Ceramic brackets have the same effect as metal brackets , but are much more discreet.
The downside is that ceramic mounts should be handled more carefully. They are more likely to loosen than metal brackets and are more likely to break. However, ceramic brackets offer the additional advantage that dental care is made easier. Due to the smooth surfaces, bacteria can hardly adhere and spread. Because of this, tooth decay and inflammation of the gums occur less often.
A prerequisite for ceramic brackets are healthy teeth and healthy gums, so that the use of fixed braces does not have a negative impact on dental health.
Optionally , we also offer plastic brackets in the orthodontic practice in Berlin Mitte . These have the advantage that they are really practically invisible. However, plastic brackets are sometimes too weak to correct all tooth and jaw misalignments. That is why they are not always the method of choice.
Ceramic brackets and plastic brackets are not covered by statutory health insurance because the additional costs compared to metal brackets are purely aesthetic. In addition, this type of bracket tends to discolour. They therefore require intensive care.
Lingual braces are a technique that is particularly popular in our orthodontic practice in Berlin Mitte . As the name suggests, there is a method is to attach the brackets on the inside of the teeth so that the se fixed braces from the outside can be seen (from the Latin. ” Lingua ” tongue). Lingual braces combine several advantages:
they are invisible from the outside, but excellent and reliable results are achieved. With the lingual technique, all forms of tooth and jaw misalignments can be corrected. Lingual braces are also very comfortable to wear, while at the same time they are easy to care for. As a result, there is no risk of tooth decay and inflammation of the gums. Other fixed braces, on the other hand, require much more intensive care and cleaning. The alloy consists of a high content of gold and other allergy-free, high-quality materials. As a result, lingual braces are particularly break-proof, while the adhesive force is very high. Since we in our orthodontics Berlin computerized now 3-D technology to have that individual components with great precision and can be custom fit. After about one to two weeks, the patient can speak and chew without restriction.
The only downside to this modern technology is that it is expensive. The statutory health insurances do not cover the costs. However, the results of the lingual technique can be seen in the truest sense of the word.
Do you have any further questions or are you interested in one of the presented techniques of fixed braces? Then contact us. The team in the Villa D onti – practice for orthodontics in Berlin is at your disposal at any time.