Fixed braces are made up of bands and brackets that are glued onto each tooth.
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Straightening wires run between the various attachments and the teeth are moved gently with wires. The fixed braces are not removable by the patient. The length of treatment varies between 9 months and two years although complex cases may take longer. It is rare for treatment to last more than three years. The most commonly used fixed braces are made from stainless steel but we also offer aesthetic braces and almost invisible braces.
No!... but the braces may feel rough to the inside of your lips and cheeks for the first week. Soft wax is provided to ease this initial discomfort. Your teeth will be tender for a few days after each appointment and you may need to take analgesics as you would normally for a headache.
If your brace is broken you should phone your practice for an appointment to have it repaired.
Whilst fixed braces provide the best cosmetic results - removable appliances or functional appliances are sometimes needed to correct the biting position of your teeth. Your orthodontist will decide which treatment is best for you.