Fixed braces

Fixed braces are one of the most popular choices for teeth straightening because of their predictable and reliable results. Fixed braces are often used in NHS orthodontic care but can also be fitted privately for both adults and teenagers.

There are different types of fixed braces including traditional metal ones, and more discreet lingual braces and ceramic braces.

Many Bupa Dental Care practices offer orthodontic treatment, including a range of fixed and discreet braces. If you’d like more information, contact your local practice. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

What are fixed braces?

Fixed braces consist of small brackets that are cemented to your teeth and joined together with wire. The wire is usually made of metal, although less visible ceramic versions are also available.

Fixed braces move your teeth in a very precise manner, and are the most common type of brace used to treat children.

What are the benefits of fixed braces?

If you have a clinical reason for needing orthodontic treatment, fixed braces can be a solution as they are able to fix:

  • Severe overcrowding
  • An excessively deep overbite or overjet
  • Abnormal eruption of teeth

Fixed braces offer predictable results, partly because patients cannot interrupt the treatment process by removing them. Some forms of fixed braces are now extremely discreet - find out more about lingual braces and ceramic braces.

You can enquire about fixed braces and other alternatives at your local Bupa Dental Care practice. Find a practice near you.

Types of fixed braces

There are different types of fixed braces, from traditional metal ones to more discreet options.

What are the alternatives to fixed braces?

If you’re looking for alternatives to fixed braces, your dentist may recommend one of the following:

  • Invisalign treatment - The Invisalign system uses a series of custom-made, transparent aligners to straighten teeth. The aligners look like thin, flexible mouthguards and are removable. Find out more about the differences between fixed braces and Invisalign treatment.
  • Cosmetic teeth straightening - If you’re only looking to straighten your front teeth cosmetic teeth, straightening can align your teeth quicker than traditional braces.

If you have a clinical need for teeth straightening treatment, fixed braces might be a solution because they can treat even the most complex orthodontic problems. Your orthodontist will talk you through treatment options and advise which type of brace is most suitable for you. Find a Bupa orthodontist near you.

How do fixed braces work?

Fixed braces work by slowly moving your teeth to the right position using gentle pressure. Small brackets are bonded to your teeth and joined together with a wire. The wire is used to create tension, which gradually pulls your teeth into alignment.

Every four to ten weeks, your dentist or orthodontist will check your brace and make adjustments, steadily tightening and changing the wires to keep pulling your teeth in the right direction. Your orthodontist might also use springs and elastic bands to help the straightening process.

How long do fixed braces take to work?

The length of time needed for treatment depends completely on the severity of your orthodontic problems, and which teeth need moving. Back teeth usually take longer to move than front teeth, as they have a larger surface area and more than one root.

Some simple treatments, involving just the front teeth, may be completed within a few months. However, in some cases, orthodontic treatment can take up to two and a half years.

To find out more, contact your local Bupa dentist.

How much do fixed braces cost?

The cost of orthodontic treatment depends on the complexity of the problems with your teeth, and on the type of treatment chosen. Ceramic and lingual braces cost more than traditional metal fixed braces, but offer a much more discreet option for teeth straightening.

NHS orthodontics is free in the UK for children under 18 with a clinical need for the treatment. Your orthodontist will assess your needs and let you know if your child is eligible for NHS treatment. Private orthodontic care is available for adults and for those under 18 who don't qualify for NHS care.

For specific costs and treatment plans, book an orthodontic consultation at your local Bupa Dental Care practice.

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