Orthodontic treatment

   

Fixed braces

Fixed braces are often referred to as "train track" braces. Small fixing brackets are attached to the teeth and a special wire is fitted into the brackets to pull the teeth to the correct position. The brackets cannot be removed during treatment, but they don't cause any harm to the teeth they're attached to.

When the brace is first fitted you may feel some discomfort for a few days and taking a painkiller may help. We will give you a list of instructions to follow, which will include advice on foods to avoid and how to look after your teeth.

For instance, while wearing your brace it is advisable to cut up food like apples into small pieces, and to eat a sandwich using a knife and fork. In addition, some types of food - such as toffees, chewy sweets and crusty bread - should be avoided.

You will also need to spend extra time on your oral hygiene routine each day, as a brace provides more places for food and plaque to hide. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and using a fluoride mouthwash will protect your teeth, and will help to prevent them becoming stained - or worse, developing decay.

Once the treatment is complete you will need to wear a removable retainer to hold the teeth in their new position for about 12 months.