Fixed braces consist of square brackets attached to each tooth, with a wire running through them, which gradually moves your teeth into the correct position. The wire is held in place by small coloured loops called modules, or colours.
The length of treatment with fixed braces varies but is typically around 18 to 24 months.
Unlike the twin block appliance, fixed braces are stuck to your teeth for the whole of your treatment. You should not try to remove them yourself, as you could damage your teeth and cause your treatment not to work.
After the brace is fitted, your teeth will be tender for a day or so, though this should soon wear off and you will quickly become used to it.
Your orthodontist may advise you to purchase certain oral care products, which we highly recommend, as it will ensure you have all you need to care for your teeth and braces throughout the treatment.
If two or more of the brackets, a band or the archwire break, it is important you give your practice a call for an inbetween appointment, as we can’t repair it during your routine adjustment.
If only one of the brackets breaks, or one of the elastic ligatures does, these can be repaired during your routine appointment.
We have tried to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about fixed braces here, but if you have any other questions, please make sure you ask your orthodontist or therapist and they will be happy to help.