Fixed braces or “fixed appliances” are the most common type of brace and are often the most effective way of straightening teeth.
Fixed braces explained
What are fixed braces?
The most common type of brace, fixed braces are sometimes referred to as 'fixed appliances' or 'train tracks'. They can only be removed by an orthodontist, as they feature brackets that are bonded to your teeth.
How do they work?
The brackets that are bonded to your teeth hold a wire in place that runs between your teeth. The wire is used to create tension, which ever so gradually pulls your teeth into alignment. Throughout your treatment, your orthodontist will steadily tighten and change the wires to keep pulling your teeth in the right direction. Your orthodontist might also use springs and elastic bands to help the straightening process along.
Is a fixed brace the only option?
If you're being treated on the NHS, you'll most likely have a fixed brace. If you're planning on having straightening treatments privately, there are a number of different upgrades to consider. Ask your orthodontist for more information during your first appointment.
How will a fixed brace affect me?
You'll need to consider the foods you eat when you have a fixed brace fitted. Particularly hard foods such as apples and crusty bread require extra caution when eating, while you should completely avoid eating foods like toffees, chewing gum or hard boiled sweets, as these can damage your brace.
How long will I have a fixed brace for?
Your individual treatment will depend on your specific needs, but on average, you should expect to be having treatment for between one to two years. You can find out more information about straightening treatments on the British Orthodontic Society website, as well as by getting in touch with your local Bupa Dental Care practice.