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Fixed Braces

Align your teeth with Fixed Braces from Bespoke Smile

One of the most popular choices for teeth straightening in the orthodontic world! This is because fixed braces provide some of the most reliable and predictable results, almost guaranteeing that you will achieve your desired results and dream smile.

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What are Fixed Braces?

A fixed brace, also known as braces or orthodontic braces, work by applying continuous pressure on your teeth to gradually move them into the desired position. As the braces apply pressure, the bone in the jaw changes shape to accommodate the new tooth position. The process is gradual, and regular adjustments by an orthodontist are necessary to ensure the right amount of pressure is applied at each stage.

The basic components of fixed braces include brackets, bands, and wires.

Brackets: These are small squares bonded to each tooth with a special adhesive. They act as handles to hold the wires in place.

Bands: These are metal rings placed around the back molars or sometimes premolars. Bands provide an anchor for the braces.

Archwire: This is a thin metal wire that runs through the brackets. It’s the main component that exerts pressure on the teeth.

Elastics or rubber bands: These may be used to create additional force to move specific teeth or adjust the bite.

The Process of Getting Braces

Your orthodontist will examine your teeth, take X-rays, and possibly make impressions of your teeth to understand their current alignment. They will discuss treatment options with you and create a customised plan.

During the next appointment, the orthodontist will bond brackets to each tooth using a special adhesive. Bands may be placed around the back molars, and the archwire will be threaded through the brackets.

You’ll need periodic appointments (usually every 4-6 weeks) for adjustments. During these appointments, the orthodontist may tighten the wires or replace them with thicker ones to continue applying pressure on the teeth.

In some cases, your orthodontist might use elastics or rubber bands to enhance the movement of specific teeth or correct the bite. These will be changed or adjusted during your appointments.

It’s crucial to maintain good oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups are essential to prevent issues like tooth decay and gum disease.

The length of treatment varies depending on the severity of the case. On average, it can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years or more.

Once your teeth have reached the desired position, your orthodontist will remove the braces. After the removal, you may need to wear a retainer to prevent your teeth from shifting back to their original positions.

How do Fixed Braces work?

Fixed braces slowly move your teeth to the correct position whilst applying gentle pressure. Small brackets are bonded to your teeth and then connected with a wire. It’s this wire that is used to create tension, which will put your teeth into proper alignment.

Patients can expect to meet with our orthodontist every four or ten weeks, where we will check your braces and make any relevant adjustments. Over this period we will steadily and regularly tighten and change the wires (all included in the price) so we ensure that your teeth are moving in the right direction.

Our orthodontist might also prescribe springs or elastic bands if the straightening process needs extra help.

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The Different Types of Fixed Braces

There are different types of fixed braces suitable for different needs and lifestyles. The choice of braces depends on the severity of the orthodontic issue, aesthetic preferences, and your orthodontists’ recommendation. Each type has its own advantages and limitations, and the best option for you will vary based on their unique needs and preferences.

Our cosmetic dentists can help you identify the right type of fixed brace for you:

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel. They consist of brackets attached to each tooth and interconnected by a thin archwire. Elastic bands, known as ligatures, hold the wire in place.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are custom-made and fixed to the back (lingual side) of the teeth. They are not visible from the front, providing a more discreet treatment option.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are similar to metal braces but use tooth-colored or clear brackets. This makes them less noticeable, offering a more aesthetic option.

Alternatives to Fixed Braces: Invisalign

Fixed braces are not just your only option to straighter, better aligned teeth. There are many innovative and impressive techniques that can achieve miracle results.

If you are looking to align your teeth, Invisalign is a fantastic option, due to its discretion, convenience, and the short length of treatment time. We are an Invisalign Elite provider and are able to complete complicated cases with the aligner system.

How much are Fixed Braces?

Our fixed brace prices start from £3,500, which is a very cost-effective option for patients looking to straighten their teeth affordably. This includes adjustments, all visits, as well as fixed and removable retainers to hold teeth in place for the long term.

Compared to other procedures, which can cost more than other cosmetic dental practices, this treatment provides transformative results at a great price, offering our patients great value for money.

Our Invisalign costs also begin from £3,500 so choosing the right system for you and your condition can be discussed at length during a consultation with our specialist orthodontists.

We offer 0%, interest free payments to help split the cost.

Fixed Braces FAQs

Fixed braces are orthodontic devices that consist of brackets, wires, and bands. The brackets are bonded to the teeth, and the wire is threaded through them. As the wire is adjusted, it gently moves the teeth into their correct positions over time.

Fixed braces are highly effective in treating various orthodontic issues, including complex cases. They offer precise control over tooth movement and are often recommended for individuals with more severe misalignments or bite problems.

Yes, there are various types, including metal, ceramic, and lingual braces. Your choice may depend on factors such as aesthetics, treatment goals, and personal preferences. During your consultation, our experienced team will help you determine the best option for your specific needs.

The duration of treatment varies depending on the complexity of your case. On average, most individuals wear fixed braces for 6 months to 2 years. During your initial consultation, we will provide a personalised estimate based on your unique orthodontic needs.

Discomfort is normal during the initial adjustment period and after routine adjustments. However, any discomfort is typically manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers, and it diminishes as your mouth adjusts to the braces. Our team will provide tips on managing any initial discomfort!

Proper oral hygiene is crucial during orthodontic treatment. We will provide detailed instructions on how to brush and floss effectively, as well as guidance on dietary choices to prevent damage to your braces. Regular check-ups are essential for monitoring progress and making adjustments.

Yes, you can engage in most activities with fixed braces. We recommend wearing a protective mouthguard during contact sports and being mindful of your braces when playing musical instruments.

While there are no strict prohibitions, it’s advisable to avoid sticky, hard, or overly sugary foods that can damage the braces or increase the risk of cavities. Our team can provide a comprehensive list of foods to enjoy and those to limit during your treatment.

Fixed braces are suitable for individuals of all ages. More adults are opting for orthodontic treatment to achieve a straighter smile. We offer a range of options, including discrete choices like clear ceramic braces.

The cost varies based on the type of braces and the complexity of your case. During your consultation, we will provide a detailed treatment plan with associated costs. We offer flexible payment options and can discuss financing options to make orthodontic treatment more accessible.


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