Often referred to as ‘train tracks’, metal non-ceramic braces are a reliable way to straighten the teeth – and can be brightened up with coloured elastics.
The brackets are fixed to the front of the teeth for the duration of your treatment and your specialist orthodontist will adjust the wires every few weeks to ensure the teeth are moving smoothly into the correct position. Treatment usually takes between 12 and 18 months.
Fixed appliances are attached with adhesive, which is set with a blue light, and the process is totally painless. We place brackets on the front teeth and stainless steel bands on the back teeth. Special care is necessary with a fixed appliance to ensure success and you do have to change your eating technique. We advise our patients not to eat toffee or chewing gum, or bite into anything hard or large with the front teeth, such as French bread or pizza.
We also offer clear ceramic braces.
How long will treatment take?
Treatment usually takes 18-24 months but will vary according to how severe the case is. Failed and cancelled appointments or repeated breakages of the brace will add to the overall treatment time.
Will I need to wear anything in addition to the fixed brace?
It may be necessary to wear elastics at some stage during your treatment. They are worn inside the mouth and provide additional force to straighten your teeth.
Will I need to wear another brace once my treatment has finished?
Once the active phase of your treatment has been finished, it will be necessary to wear a retaining brace. This may be removable or it may be fixed behind your front teeth. The length of time this has to be worn can vary.
How often will I need an appointment?
You will need regular appointments during treatment for the brace to be adjusted and these are normally every six to eight weeks.
Do I still need to see my regular dentist?
Yes. It is important you still have check-ups with your regular dentist throughout orthodontic treatment so that your oral health can be monitored.
What do I do if I play contact sports?
It is recommended you wear a gum shield. A special gum shield can be provided which fits over the fixed appliance during treatment.
What if I play a musical instrument?
If you play a wind instrument, particularly the flute or a brass instrument, then a fixed brace may make it more difficult. You will need to discuss this when appliance treatment proposals are discussed.
What do I do if my brace breaks?
Ring up for an appointment as soon as is reasonably possible. Do not wait for your next routine appointment as the breakage may slow your treatment or may result in damage to your teeth. If you repeatedly break your brace treatment may be stopped.