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.