Fixed braces are the traditional method for straightening teeth and for this reason, they tend to have a bad reputation because people associate fixed braces with having to wear a mouthful of metal for years.
Fixed braces have had advances in technology which means they are more comfortable and less intrusive than years ago. Patients still opt for fixed braces because they straighten teeth in an accurate manner and for this reason are a good choice for severely crooked teeth or teeth that have a severe orthodontic need.
How do Fixed Braces work?
Fixed braces are made up of a square bracket that is attached to the front of your tooth. The bracket is either made of metal or a ceramic material which is clear and so less visible to other people.
The brackets are then connected together using a metal wire which puts pressure on your teeth gradually moving them into position. Depending on your case, sometimes small elastic bands are used to fix the wires to the brackets.
At regular appointments, you will have to go back to visit your orthodontist to check that your teeth are moving in the way that they should. Your orthodontist will tighten the wires to keep up the pressure for your teeth to be straightened.
You may choose to eat softer foods for the first day or two after having your braces fixed to your teeth whilst you get used to your braces, but after that you can eat as usual. You may want to cut up harder foods such as an apple and you should avoid chewing gum, nuts, popcorn and too much sugary food.
As you cannot remove your fixed braces, you will need to brush your teeth as usual but pay particular attention to the brackets and wires. It’s important that you maintain a good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth so that food doesn’t get trapped in your braces and cause plaque to build up.
Straightening teeth with fixed braces tends to take a bit longer than the more conventional braces. On average teeth straightening takes between 12 and 18 months and this is because the fixed braces are moving teeth so precisely.
How much do Fixed Braces cost?
Treatment for upper and lower jaws starts from around £3000. We offer a free consultation to discuss your needs. 0% finance is available and for many cases this works out to less than £5 a day for a brand-new smile!