Glad to hear the bracket installation went well. The bonding material for my brackets was cured instantly by use of an ultra violet light and my archwire was fitted straight away.I think that is the experience of most people on this site, so perhaps there is something special about your bonding material?
Having hooks on all your brackets does not necessarily signify that each of those brackets will bear elastics, although it does give your ortho the option.I have hooks on the brackets on my canines but have no bottom brace, so there should be no question of elastics and I think the hook just comes as standard on the bracket.
A fixed bite plate must be very difficult to keep clean. How do you remove food which has got underneath it?
No idea about a special nature of the bonding material, but the assistant did say its very, very strong when fully cured. It simply may be an extra strong adhesive, but I'll ask.
As for the hooks, I had discussed the use of elastics at a prior appointment and my ortho confirmed that they would be used extensively to close my open bite toward the end of treatment. I'm expecting the lower brackets to have the same configuration (I get the lowers brackets and appliance in 3 months or so). At least seeing the brackets now gives me an idea where she plans to use the elastics.
Cleaning definitely takes longer with the appliance, but cleaning isn't too big of a deal. I waterpik between my teeth and in the cracks of the appliance (where it has opened up) to get water underneath. Finally, I blast vertically along the occlusal plane where the appliance meets the teeth. Most of the time that's sufficient, but sometimes extra attention is needed for certain teeth with stubborn trapped food. My ortho is very pleased with my level of cleanliness, so if she's happy, I'm happy...
I will say one thing though...these brackets are a pain to brush. I'm hoping they get easier to brush once the wire has been installed, but as of now, they offer great resistance to the brush and hang up the bristles much of the time.