Fixed Braces are commonly called 'train track' braces. The teeth are pushed or pulled along a wire using elastic bands or springs.
They glide along the wire using a bracket which is glued to the tooth.
Children and Adults undertake Orthodontic Treatment a year
Years of age and under, treatment may available on the NHS
Years is the average treatment time for fixed braces
Weeks on average between appointments
How Do They Work?
Brackets and bands are temporarily glued on to the teeth and a flexible wire links them up to gently pull the teeth into perfect alignment and a beautiful smile. However, they require a great deal of time, expertise and good patient co-operation to be successful. Stainless steel brackets are used for NHS treatment. If you are paying privately then you can choose to have tooth coloured, ceramic brackets. We still use metal aligning wires, but overall these appliances are much less visible
The wires are usually tied in to the brackets using tiny elastics. These can be clear or silver to blend in with your brace or are available in a wide range of fun colours. Colours can be changed regularly during treatment, so you can match your braces to your outfit or for a special occasion!
It may be necessary to attach elastic bands to the brace to help your teeth move. It is very important to wear the elastics as instructed. Co-operation is essential as teeth won't move on their own!
Eating With Braces
You must eat sensibly whilst wearing a brace. You will be advised to avoid hard foods such as raw vegetables, apples, nuts and hard sweets, as well as sticky foods such as chewing gum, caramels and toffee.