Fixed braces consist of brackets and bands attached to your teeth, combined with thin metal wires which gently push your teeth into their correct positions. The brackets can be made of metal or tooth-coloured ceramic or plastic, and are usually bonded to the front surface of your teeth. Lingual braces are an exception to this, as this type of fixed brace is fitted to the back of your teeth.
During your first visit to Chiswick Dental, we will take x-rays, photos and impressions of your teeth to create plaster study models. Your treatment will then be planned using these records.
Your orthodontist will explain your treatment plan in detail, and the braces suitable for you. Before we fit your braces, separators (small plastic ‘doughnuts’) are placed between your molars for a week, to create space for the molar bands.
Bands will be cemented and brackets bonded to the front of your teeth.
You will need to visit every four to eight weeks so adjustments can be made to your braces, such as wire changes, and adding springs, elastics and other accessories. We will also check your braces are working correctly.
Once treatment is complete, we will take moulds of your teeth in their new positions in order to make your retainers. You will need to wear your retainers for the next few years to keep your straighter teeth in their new places.