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Fixed Braces

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Usually takes between 12 and 24 months, but may vary depending on patient.

Fixed metal braces have always been a popular option for straightening teeth, due to their effective and predictable results.

Traditional metal fixed appliances

These are the most common form of appliance used in children.

The brace will be made up of small stainless steel brackets and attached onto the teeth using a composite resin.

The arch wire will run through special slots in the brackets which overtime will apply a force slowly straightening your teeth.

The archwire is tied to the slot, using elastics.

These elastics come in a range of colours.

Ceramic fixed appliances

Rather than using stainless steel, the attachments are made from a hard ceramic material to blend in with the tooth natural colour.

Which in turn produces a more aesthetically pleasing appliance which is more of an attractive option particularly for adults.

Self ligating fixed appliances

Traditional braces use “elastic bands” (ligatures) to secure an archwire into a slot in each bracket. Over time the bands can become discoloured or stretched – requiring a reqular visit to your orthodontist.

The problem can occur when food particles become trapped, making it difficult to clean.

However, our Self-ligating braces don’t use elastic bands, instead, they use mini metal clips to hold the archwire into the bracket (”Damon® System”), so less visit the clinic.

Removable and functional appliances

Removable braces are used to correct tooth positioning. These braces should only be taken out of the mouth as a precaution during certain activities or for cleaning.

Functional appliances are be used to treat problems with the position of the upper and lower jaw. Unless stated otherwise, you will need to wear them all of the time.

Our patient’s journey

  1. Initial orthodontic consultation to discuss treatment options.
  2. Full orthodontic consultation which includes orthodontic assessment, X-rays, photographs,
    impressions for study models, referral for any additional treatment if required.
  3. Conservative treatment, extractions, hygiene appointment.
  4. Treatment plan and braces instructions being emailed to the patient.
  5. Brace fit appointment.
  6. Brace adjustment appointments.
  7. Brace removal.
  8. Retention phase.

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