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Metal Fixed Braces: the Classic Option

Metal fixed braces – or train tracks – are the most well-known orthodontic appliance. The brace consists of metal brackets which are glued to the teeth. A wire is then slotted through the brackets and secured with small elastic bands. These elastic bands can be in any of a variety of colours and are the reason why some people term train tracks “coloured braces”. Lots of patients enjoy choosing their preferred colour; even better: the wires – and colour – can be changed at each adjustment appointment. Depending on your treatment you will need to see the orthodontist every 6-8 weeks to have your braces adjusted. At these appointments your wires and elastic bands will be changed and the brace modified as required.

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Components of a fixed brace

METAL BANDS. These may be applied around your back teeth to help hold the archwires in place. If required, these may take 2 visits to place, as we have to create a gap between the teeth for them to fit. We do this by placing small elastic separators between the teeth for a few days.
ELASTIC BANDS. These are fitted between certain teeth to help move the teeth.
HOOKS. Hooks are used to attach springs or elastics on the wires or brackets.

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MINISCREWS

Miniscrews (TADS) are little screws placed in the gum under local anaesthetic. They act as anchors so that teeth can be pushed or pulled from them.

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Testimonials

Brooke (Age 14): “The difference in my teeth is unbelievable. The Staff at Mulgrew’s are so nice and it’s such a lovely place to go in.” William (Age 17): “I’m very happy with my new smile. I’d describe it as phenomenal. Friends and family have seen a huge improvement. My teasing has stopped. I’m very grateful. I’d recommend it to anyone and everyone.”

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Metal braces are the only braces available on the NHS for both adults and children.