Fixed braces are one of the most popular choices for teeth straightening because of their predictable and reliable results. Most NHS orthodontics use fixed braces, and they can also be fitted privately for patients of any age.
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, your dentist will probably recommend fixed braces as they are able to treat more complex problems such as:
- 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.
You can enquire about fixed braces and other alternatives at your local Bupa Dental Care practice. Find a practice near you.
What are the alternatives to fixed braces?
If you do not have a clinical need for orthodontic treatment, or if you are looking for alternatives to fixed braces, your dentist may recommend one of the following:
- Invisalign - Invisalign uses a series of custom-made, transparent aligners to straighten teeth. The aligners look like thin, flexible mouthguards and are removable.
- Cosmetic teeth straightening - If you only wish to straighten your front teeth, a huge variety of cosmetic treatments are available.
- Removable braces - These usually consist of an acrylic plate with wires that hold the brace in place and move teeth.
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.
Traditional fixed braces
These consist of brackets that are cemented to the front surface of your teeth and connected by metal wires. Traditional fixed braces are the most common treatment for straightening teeth and are used for most NHS orthodontics.
Lingual braces also use brackets and metal wires, but these are attached to the inside surface of your teeth rather than to the front. The way they are positioned means they’re not visible.
Ceramic braces use the same technique as traditional metal braces but are less visible. They use transparent, ceramic brackets and a thin metal wire. White or plastic-coated wires can also be used in some cases, for a discreet option.
Contact your local Bupa Dental Care practice for further information.
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