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What are fixed braces?

Fixed braces consist of metal brackets attached to the front surface of your teeth, with thin metal wires threaded through, held in place with elastics. They are the most commonly used braces, and are suitable for a wide range of dental conditions. We can use fixed braces successfully to treat crooked, crowded, twisted and misaligned teeth, as well as issues with your bite. Modern advances in dentistry mean we are now able to use more discreet fixed braces to straighten your teeth. Ceramic brackets and tooth coloured wires are available, making your fixed braces much less noticeable.

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<h2>What does the treatment involve?</h2>

What does the treatment involve?

Initially, we assess your teeth and make sure you are a suitable candidate for fixed braces. If your teeth are overcrowded, it may be necessary for us to remove one or more teeth before we fit your braces, to create space.

After your teeth have been cleaned and carefully dried, we fix the metal brackets to your teeth using a strong dental adhesive. We then attach the wire to these brackets.

Your braces are permanently attached to your teeth, and always at work. We see you in the practice every 4-6 weeks to make adjustments and ensure your straightening treatment is progressing well.

When your treatment is complete, we remove your braces and reveal your beautiful straight smile! We give you a retainer to keep your teeth in their new positions for the long term.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are fixed braces painful?

    Many patients experience some discomfort during orthodontic treatment, particularly in the first few days after your fixed braces are fitted, or following a tightening appointment. This is temporary, and you will feel more comfortable as you get used to your braces. You can take paracetamol or ibuprofen to help manage any pain or discomfort.

  • How long will my fixed braces treatment last?

    The length of your treatment will vary depending on your individual case and how far your teeth have to move. Typically, it takes around 12-24 months to complete treatment.

  • Will I be able to eat with fixed braces?

    Yes, you will be able to eat normally with your braces, but you may need to be careful with certain food and drink. Avoid anything sticky such as toffees or chewing gum and take care when biting into very hard foods as this could damage your brace. If you are unsure, please get in touch with us for advice.

  • Can I take my fixed braces off?

    No, as the name suggests, your fixed braces are stuck to the surface of your teeth for the duration of your treatment and cannot be removed. At the end of your treatment, we will professionally remove the brackets with no damage to your teeth.

  • Do I still need to have regular dental check ups?

    Yes, you should still attend your regular check up appointments with your dentist alongside your orthodontic treatment. Your dentist will be able to keep an eye on your teeth, looking for any signs of decay, and giving you advice if necessary.

  • Can I still brush my teeth?

    Yes, it is very important to brush your teeth regularly, after every meal if possible. You should also use an interdental brush to clean between your brackets, and pay close attention to the area where your teeth meet the gums. We are happy to show you the best cleaning techniques to use.

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