Parvis Dental are pleased to offer our patients dental braces in Coventry. Before considering any braces we will need to examine you teeth and asses your  dental hygiene  as it is very important in ensuring a successful outcome  for your  orthodontic treatment.

While having your  orthodontic treatment its very important you  continue  to have regular checks ups and maintain good oral hygiene and diet , avoiding fizzy drinks especially.

Braces can be fixed or removable.

Fixed braces stay  attached to your teeth throughout  the  entire treatment.
They  consist of brackets and bands whish are attached to your teeth which with the help of  orthodontic wires and elastics  gently move the teeth into place. The wire can be tied to  brackets with a coloured plastic ring. Some brackets have clips to hold the wires and no ties are needed. These are called self-ligating with reduced staining that can occur with the plastic rind attachments. The actual  brackets can be made of metal , tooth-coloured ceramic or plastic.

Removable braces  can as the name suggests be taken in and out of the mouth unlike fixed braces.
These   are sometimes used  at the start of treatment before we usually  finish the treatment with fixed braces . A particular type of removable brace is  a  functional removable braces  which we occasionally  use as it can help  change jaw growth to normalise your bite.

Steps in Fixed Braces Treatment

First Visit:
X-rays, photos and moulds  of your teeth are taken. We then  plan your treatment using these records. Very often, permanent teeth are removed when they are crowded and there is not enough space in the jaws for all of them. The extractions are done just before or just after the fitting of your braces.

Second Visit:
Your orthodontist will explain the treatment plan and the braces suitable for your condition. Before braces are fitted, separators (small plastic  ‘doughnuts’) are placed between your molars for a week to create spaces for the molar bands.

Third and Fourth Visits:
Bands are cemented and brackets are bonded to the front of your teeth.

Subsequent Visits:
(Every 4 to 10 weeks) Adjustments are made to the braces by way of wire-changes, adding springs, elastics or other accessories.

NOTE: Accessories are necessary to make your braces work. Elastics are often used to get your upper and lower teeth to bite together properly. Facemasks, headgear or biteplates are sometimes used with fixed braces. It is very important to use all accessories exactly as you have been told, if not, progress of the treatment stops and may in some cases, reverse.

When treatment is completed:
Your fixed braces will be removed at a de-bonding appointment, followed by removal of cement and the polishing of your teeth. Moulds of your teeth in their new positions are taken to make retainers. After your braces are removed, you will need retainers to hold your teeth in their new positions for the next few years.

How long does treatment take?

The normal period of treatment with fixed braces is two to three years. You will need to make time every 4 – 10 weeks to visit so that the  treatment is successful .

How will braces affect my daily life?

Speech: With regular fixed braces, speech is normally not affected at all. With removable braces there may  be a short period in which your speech will take time to adapt.

Playing musical instruments: If you play a musical instrument with a mouthpiece, it will take you one to two weeks before you become as skilful as before.

Brushing with braces: With braces on, your teeth are more difficult to clean. Do not leave food on your braces. Brushing your teeth properly after every snack and meal will reduce the risk of decay and gum disease. In addition, five minutes of brushing is essential  every morning and night. Have your toothbrush available to brush after meals as well as at your orthodontic visits. You can use disclosing solution to check if your teeth are clean. You will need to replace your toothbrush more often as it will wear out faster.

Eating and diet restrictions: Eating hard food or biting on large pieces of food could  dislodge the brackets or bands and damage the wires. Avoid eating nuts and biting on nails or pencils. Cut hard foods  into small and thin pieces before eating them. Avoid food and drinks with high sugar content such as sweets and soft drinks. Breaking the brace will often necessitate additional visit and often prolongs your treatment time.