These are the traditional metal brackets and wires that most people think of when they hear the word ‘braces’. They are sometimes known as ‘train tracks’ and consist of small brackets that are glued to the front of each tooth with a wire connecting them.
During the course of treatment it will be necessary to attend regular adjustment appointments where your orthodontist will tighten the wire to help the teeth move gradually towards the desired position.
When you first have your braces fitted and after your adjustment appointments you may experience a feeling of tension as you teeth start to move, this usually only lasts a few days.
As these braces are fixed and not removable during treatment it is necessary to avoid certain foods and to make sure you brush well. We will give you advice about this.
Typical treatment times vary from six months to two and a half years depending on the complexity and types of problems.
Metal braces may be visible but they are the least expensive type of braces and still produce great results. They can be used to correct all types of incorrect tooth positions.
It is also worth considering that traditional braces have come a long way over the years, becoming sleeker, smaller, and more comfortable.
Metal braces are suitable for all ages but are most commonly used for treating children on the NHS. They may also be recommended for adults with severe straightening issues.
Would you like to find out what orthodontic treatment could do for your smile? Book an initial consultation at Southport Orthodontics today.
This page was last updated on the 30th of October 2015