The most traditional orthodontic solution, fixed braces attach directly to the surface of the tooth for the duration of the treatment and apply pressure to each individual tooth to gradually move them into place. Although the theory has been around for ages, there are constant improvements and new treatment types being invented. You can now have treatment with clear or metal braces, and can even have fixed braces attached to the back of your teeth for a virtually invisible treatment.
How do fixed braces work?
Fixed braces consist of brackets, archwires and ties/elastics. The brackets attach to the surface of the teeth while the archwires connect each bracket and hold them in place. The ties or elastics are used to apply pressure to the teeth, guiding them into place according to the plan your Specialist Orthodontist lays out for you.
What types of fixed braces are available?
When selecting the braces for your treatment, you will need to choose between ceramic and metal brackets - these differ mainly in appearance, depending on if you want the discreet clear or tooth coloured ceramic brackets or the customised colour option of our metal brackets. You can also opt for Lingual Braces (also known as Hidden Braces) which are attached to the back surface of your teeth, preventing them from being seen.
All about Lingual Braces
Are you looking for a truly invisible treatment option? Lingual braces function exactly the same as standard fixed braces but connect to the inside surface of the teeth, completely hiding your treatment from view. The interior surface of your teeth is also stronger than the exterior, meaning there is less chance of issues like decalcification or decay during and after Lingual Braces treatment. Treatment times for Lingual Braces are the same as standard fixed braces, and can treat the same complex cases as exterior treatments, getting you the same brilliant smile without anyone knowing you’re undergoing treatment.
What maintenance is required during treatment?
Fixed braces require regular check-ups with your specialist to ensure the correct pressure is being placed on your teeth so that they move according to plan. Often, slight adjustments are required to ensure optimal results are being achieved. Thorough brushing and flossing is also necessary after eating to keep your teeth and braces clean.