Fixed Braces

Treatment time: Typically 6-18 months
Single Arch – from £2450
Dual Arch – from £3895

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*Cost of treatment depends on the complexity of the case and the length of treatment. Our dentists will give you a definitive quotation after an assessment.

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Straighten, Align & Improve your smile

Are you unhappy with your crooked or misaligned teeth and dream of a straight smile?

Are you longing to smile with confidence in photos and at special occasions?

Fixed braces are a safe and reliable way to straighten your teeth and enhance the appearance of your smile.

Treatment steps

Book your initial appointment with us

Explain what you would like to improve about your teeth

Begin your journey to straight teeth with fixed braces and our expert care

Reveal your ideal forever smile and start sharing it with your friends and family!

What are fixed braces?

Fixed braces are a fantastic way to straighten teeth, and achieve excellent and reliable results for a range of orthodontic issues. We can use them to fix crooked teeth, close gaps, sort overcrowding and treat problems with your bite. Bringing your teeth into more desirable positions can also improve your oral health and promote better brushing.

We now use fixed brackets that are smaller, faster and more effective than ever before, with our modern techniques guaranteeing your teeth straightening journey will be comfortable and successful.

We can provide traditional metal braces or ceramic options, which are clear, discreet and comfortable.

How do fixed braces work?

Fixed braces use clear ceramic or traditional metal brackets fitted to the front surface of your teeth for the duration of your straightening journey. They guide your teeth into new positions using an archwire threaded through each bracket.

We see you for regular appointments during your fixed brace treatment, allowing us to check your progress and do necessary adjustments. Gradual and gentle forces move your teeth, and it typically takes three to eighteen months to reach the final positions. Quicker results can be achieved with Fastbraces®

Our favourite bit of fixed brace treatment is removing the brackets and seeing you look at your new smile for the first time. We provide you with a retainer to stop your teeth moving out of position and leave you to start smiling with pride!

Before and Afters

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Are braces painful?

Fitting the brace is completely pain free, but some people may find the first few days with their new brace uncomfortable as their teeth get used to the feeling of it in their mouth. This is temporary and will fade before long. You may also experience some discomfort each time your brace is adjusted, but this can be managed with painkillers such as paracetamol. If your braces rub, we will provide wax to prevent any soreness. We can show you how to apply the wax to your brace to keep your mouth problem-free.

Can I remove the brace?

As the name suggests, fixed braces are always attached to your teeth. They cannot be removed, but this is one of the benefits to the treatment, as the forces on your teeth are always at work. The brackets are fixed using a special adhesive which is easily removed when the treatment concludes. If any wires come loose during your treatment, contact us right away and we can fix your brace before the damage stalls the treatment progress.

Are there more discreet options than metal braces?

If you don’t like the look of metal braces, our more discreet options may be a better choice for you. We can provide clear ceramic fixed braces, which blend into your teeth and use tooth coloured wires. Another option is to opt for clear aligners, such as Invisalign®, for a virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth. Please ask us for more information.

Do I have to change my diet?

There are particular foods and drinks that you should avoid when wearing fixed braces. These include:

  • Sticky foods such as toffee and gum
  • Fizzy drinks with a high sugar count
  • Hard boiled sweets and similar confectionary
  • Hard foods that could damage your brace, such as crusty bread

It’s a good idea to avoid any sugary foods and drinks when wearing braces as it’s more likely that sugary deposits will form around the brace and so create more areas for plaque to develop. Cleaning your brace after every meal will prevent most of the bacteria from taking root, but cutting the excess sugar from your diet will also help keep your mouth healthy during the treatment.

Do I have to change my brushing routine?

It’s really important to keep your teeth and braces as clean as possible during your fixed brace treatment. We will show you the best techniques to clean around the brackets and wires without damaging them, using interdental brushes to remove food deposits that may be missed by your conventional brush. It’s best to brush after every meal to keep your mouth as clean as possible, removing any food debris before bacteria has the chance to develop.

How long will treatment take?

The length of your treatment completely depends on how severe your case is. For more significant movement, it will take longer as your teeth will have a greater distance to cover. Fixed brace treatment is best for more severe cases and can take between 6-24 months, but the use of Fastbraces® technology can reduce this further.

Do I still need to see my dentist?

Yes, it is important to continue your routine dental care while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Your dental health needs to be in top form. Seeing a hygienist is also important to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

What do I do if I play contact sports?

If you play contact sports, you can have a custom mouthguard made to protect both your braces and your teeth. The bespoke mouthguard will allow room for the braces and ensure a snug and comfortable fit.

What if I play a musical instrument?

Fixed braces may make it harder to play a wind or brass instrument. If you are concerned, speak to your music teacher before choosing to have braces. For some instruments, it’s possible to get used to the braces, but some may make it uncomfortable to play. Alternatively, you could consider aligner orthodontics like Invisalign®.

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