Metal Fixed Braces
Metal fixed braces (or ‘train-tracks’ as they are sometimes known) are a highly efficient treatment option to straighten teeth and address a range of orthodontic issues. With fixed braces, small metal brackets are attached directly to the surface of your teeth and joined together with a flexible metal wire (archwire). Your orthodontist will use this wire to control the movement of your teeth. You will visit the practice to have this wire adjusted every few weeks. The gentle pressure from the archwire will gradually move your teeth into their new straighter position.
Metal fixed braces are the standard type of brace available on the NHS for qualifying patients under 18 years old. They can also be used for patients of any age having private orthodontic treatment. Sometimes metal fixed braces can accelerate treatment time, so maybe a good option if you are hoping to realign your teeth for a special event such as a wedding or graduation.
Key benefits of metal fixed braces:
- Fixed braces are an ideal appliance to treat more complex orthodontic problems such as severe overcrowding or a significantly increased overjet or overbite.
- Small, discreet & low-profile metal.
- Sophisticated design to allow precise & fast tooth movement.
- Ideal treatment option for children as the patient cannot remove or forget to wear their appliance.
- Metal braces with coloured elastic bands are popular with children, allowing them to customise their brace.
Orthodontic treatment with fixed braces
- During your initial orthodontic consultation, we will examine your teeth, take a 3D scan, photos and orthodontic x-rays. This enables your orthodontist to establish the best treatment option for your needs and to precisely plan your treatment.
- Once you are ready to start treatment, we fix the little brackets securely to your teeth and attach the archwire. This is shaped so your teeth will be gradually nudged into line.
- Your orthodontic nurse will explain how you should care for your brace and we will also ask you to watch a short video on our website. This covers all aspects of brace care and maintenance.
- During fixed brace treatment you must pay close attention to your dental hygiene. In addition to regular brushing every morning and at bedtime we also advise brushing after every meal. This will prevent any food lingering around your braces which can lead to gum issues and enamel damage. You can use interdental brushes to clean any awkward areas. Disclosing tablets will reveal where you might need to carry out some extra cleaning.
- There are some foods which you should avoid eating whilst having brace treatment. You could dislodge or damage your brace if you bite down on hard or chewy foods, so try to cut up harder items or avoid altogether. It is also advisable to avoid sugary drinks and sticky sugary confectionary.
- Treatment time depends on the complexity of your case. You will need to attend a number of appointments so to allow us to make adjustments to your brace which will move your teeth as planned.
Keep your smile straight
It is very important that you wear a retainer following any kind of treatment with braces to keep your newly aligned teeth in place and maintain your perfect smile. Your orthodontist will explain about removable and fixed/bonded retainers. Please refer to the section on ‘Retainers.’