Orthodontics – Fixed braces

Fixed braces use small metal or ceramic brackets bonded to each tooth which are linked by a thin wire and held in place by elastic rings. The wire is adjusted over time to straighten teeth and correct the position of the jaw.

Fine corrections can be made easily with fixed braces. With no plastic plate in the roof of your mouth, your speech and what you can eat will not be affected.

Suitability of fixed braces

At your first appointment, your orthodontist will explain all your treatment options and whether fixed braces are suitable for your teeth. You’re never too old to wear fixed braces; many of our orthodontist patients have chosen to use this method to correct their teeth in retirement.

Treatment benefits of fixed braces

Fixed braces will result in teeth which are straight and easier to keep clean. Not only does it make them look better, it also helps to improve your general oral hygiene and reduces the risk of future gum disease.

Length of treatment

Straightening your teeth with fixed braces will typically take between 6 and 22 months, depending on the complexity of the adjustments required for a perfect smile.

Once the fixed braces are in place, you will need to return to River Practice every 4 to 8 weeks for the wires to be adjusted. Flexible opening hours are available, with evening and weekend appointments on request to make the treatment process as convenient as possible.

Following removal of the fixed brace, you’ll need to wear plastic clear retainers to ensure your teeth remain in the desired position. Initially, it may be necessary to use retainers full-time; however, as your teeth stabilise in their new position, you can reduce the wear of your retainers.

It is very important that you follow the advice of your orthodontist to ensure that your teeth don’t return to their original positions.

Fixed brace treatment experience

Fixed brace treatment is relatively pain-free. There may be a little discomfort when the brace is being fitted or following adjustments to the wire. However, this should pass quickly and a mild over-the-counter painkiller may be appropriate to use at this time.

Fixed braces – achieving the best results

It is important that you keep your appointments, follow all advice provided by your orthodontist and maintain exceptional oral hygiene during and after your treatment to experience the best results.

Looking after your fixed brace

Braces are delicate appliances and it is advised to avoid hard, sticky or sweet food and drink whilst wearing the brace to prevent damage.

Excellent oral hygiene is essential with fixed braces to ensure that trapped food particles are removed and your gums stay healthy during treatment.

If your brace breaks, contact River Practice straight away by calling 01872 242444.

Find out more about our specialist orthodontists and orthodontic therapist in Our Team or view the price list for fixed braces treatment.

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