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Fixed braces

Fixed braces, commonly called train track braces, are the most popular option for teeth straightening because their results are reliable and predictable. Metal fixed braces are the only option the NHS provides for accepted cases however metal fixed braces are also available in private practices for patients of all ages.

Different fixed braces options are available, including conventional metal braces and other less obvious options such as ceramic and lingual braces.

What are fixed braces?

Fixed braces are composed of brackets attached to the surface of each tooth with a bonding composite material. A wire then passes through the slot in the brackets and the wire is kept in place with elastics that can be plain or coloured. The orthodontist will place thicker then stiffer wires into the brackets over time, gradually creating gentle pressure to align the teeth. You cannot remove fixed braces during your treatment.

What benefits do fixed braces offer?

Fixed braces offer several benefits. These include

  • Treat a wide range of complexities Fixed braces correct different types of orthodontic issues, from mild to complex cases. This includes extensive overcrowding, deep overbites and abnormal teeth eruption. Fixed braces are usually the ideal option for complex cases.
  • Predictable results Fixed braces initiate predictable teeth movement, unlike removable braces, where treatment may get interrupted for long periods when you remove the braces.
  • Discreet options Some fixed braces options are very discreet, so many people won’t know you have them.

Types of fixed braces

Different types of fixed braces are available for different lifestyles and needs.

Traditional metal fixed braces

Traditional braces have metal brackets that orthodontists attach to the front of the teeth. This is the most common orthodontic treatment in the NHS and a popular private option for children.

Lingual fixed braces

Like traditional braces, lingual braces have metal brackets and wires but are attached to the back of the teeth. This makes them hidden from view. Lingual braces are an effective option for people who want complete invisibility of the brace.

Clear ceramic fixed braces

Clear ceramic braces also work like traditional braces but are less visible. They are made of ceramic, clear brackets and a thin wire. The wire can have a white coating for more discreet treatment.

Iconix fixed braces

Iconix braces are fixed braces with brackets that are metal with a chamgpagne gold coating. They are therefore less metallic looking compared to standard metal fixed braces and are a very popular option with teenagers and adults alike.

How do fixed braces work?

The wire connecting the bracket creates a gentle pressure that gradually moves your teeth to the final position. The orthodontist or dentist will check and adjust your brace every 4 – 10 weeks. This will include changing and tightening the wires to ensure they move your teeth in the right direction.

You may use elastic bands or coil springs during the treatment depending on your needs. Coil springs can increase space or close gaps between teeth, while elastic bands improve bite problems.

What is the cost of fixed braces in the UK?

Orthodontic treatment cost in the UK depends on the type of brace and the severity of your case. Lingual and ceramic braces are more expensive than traditional braces but are more discreet. Your orthodontist can inform you of the cost of your treatment following your consultation.

What is the treatment duration with fixed braces?

The duration of treatment depends on patient age, treatment type and complexity. Cosmetic teeth straightening focuses on only the front visible teeth. This realignment is simple and can take only a few months. Complex orthodontic cases can take a few years.

What alternatives to fixed braces are available?

Removable braces such as Invisalign aligners are an alternative to fixed braces. You can take out removable braces to eat, brush your teeth, play instruments and sports.

Kingston Orthodontics offers a wide range of fixed braces to correct mild to complex orthodontic issues. Contact us today at [email protected] or 0203 002 2501 for more information on our fixed braces treatment.


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