Fixed Braces

Fixed braces are the ultimate gold standard option for orthodontic treatment and can achieve the best results in a short space of time, but they are not for everyone. The treatment involves fixing brackets to the front surfaces of your teeth so for those that prefer removable braces (such as the Inman Aligner) or clear aligners this may not be the right choice.

The brackets used are either metal, tooth coloured or clear and are connected by an archwire that applies forces to the brackets to gently move and straighten the teeth over time. At regular appointments throughout your treatment your dentist will make small adjustments to the brackets and wires and ensure the teeth are moving according to treatment plan. Treatment times can vary from as little as 3 months up to a couple of years depending on the complexity of tooth movement required to achieve the desired straight smile.

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Lingual braces

Lingual braces are similar to the above, however they are considered by many to be “invisible braces” as the brackets are fitted to the back of the tooth surface (lingual) so that during treatment people cannot see the braces from the front. Treatment with lingual braces is more expensive when compared to fixed front braces.

During your consultation, the dentist will discuss the various options available to you before you decide which one would be best for your situation.